Spot market versus incentive contract

Spot market versus incentive contract

New Medit, vol 8, n. 3, (September 2009), pp. 12-20


Language: EN
Jel classification: L140, C150


This paper attempts to develop a consistent theory for the choice of performance contracts in agriculture by analyzing the trade-off between quantity and quality and the presence of competence and uncertainty on the basis of the expected utility theory.  This theory is able to explain many contract-related issues, such as why the performance contract can be optimal even providing lesser quantity and quality than the spot market and why a trade-off between processors´ and consumer´ interests about mechanism choice can exist, utilizing a simulation exercise.


spot market, incentive contract, moral hazard

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