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Do Managers with Limited Liability Take More Risky Decisions? An Information Acquisition Model.

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Risk-neutral individuals take more risky decisions when they have limited liability. Risk-neutral managers may not when acting as agents under contract and taking costly actions to acquire informatin before taking decisions. Limited liability makes it optimal to increase the reward for outcomes relatively more likely to arise from desirable than from undesirable actions. The resulting decisions may be less, rather than more, risky. Making a decision after acquiring information provides an...

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10.1111/j.1530-9134.2010.00284.x

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James M. Malcomson More by this author
Journal:
Journal of Economics and Management Strategy
Volume:
20
Issue:
1
Publication date:
2011-03-05
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uuid:cc32880d-626d-4ad3-aa9f-a4b97f8f3aac
Local pid:
oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:15079
Language:
English

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