Optimal Self-Reporting Schemes with Multiple Stages and Option Values
21 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2002
Date Written: August 2002
We consider a model of optimal law enforcement where sanctions can be reduced for self-reporting individuals. The literature is extended in two directions: First, we distinguish between two self-reporting stages: a first one before the case is investigated, and a second one where the criminal is detected but not yet convicted. Second, we assume that violators have private information in both stages. This leads to an option value of self-reporting, since criminals can decide whether to come forward or not after they have learned their types. We characterize the optimal policy and relate our results to self-reporting schemes observed in reality.
Keywords: self-reporting, tax amnesties, optimal law enforcement, ex post asymmetric information
JEL Classification: D62, D82, H50, K42
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