Usefulness Lost: Aggregating Information with Differing Levels of Verifiability

29 Pages Posted: 7 May 2005

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Jonathan C. Glover

Columbia Business School

Yuji Ijiri

Carnegie Mellon University

Carolyn B. Levine

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business

Pierre Jinghong Liang

Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University; CAFR/SAIF

Abstract

In this paper, we study information asymmetries about verifiability between a principal and an agent. Our main result is that an information asymmetry about verifiability not only reduces the usefulness of a given performance measure for stewardship purposes, it can completely destroy that performance measure's usefulness.

Keywords: Stewardship, Verifiability, Information Asymmetry

JEL Classification: C70, D82, M41

Suggested Citation

Glover, Jonathan C. and Ijiri, Yuji and Levine, Carolyn B. and Liang, Pierre Jinghong, Usefulness Lost: Aggregating Information with Differing Levels of Verifiability. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=715207 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.715207

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