Dynamic Delegation of Experimentation
- (pp. 1969-2008)
AbstractI study a dynamic relationship where a principal delegates experimentation to an agent. Experimentation is modeled as a one-armed bandit that yields successes following a Poisson process. Its unknown intensity is high or low. The agent has private information, his type being his prior belief that the intensity is high. The agent values successes more than the principal does, so prefers more experimentation. The optimal mechanism is a cutoff rule in the belief space: the cutoff gives pessimistic types total freedom but curtails optimistic types' behavior. Pessimistic types over-experiment while the most optimistic ones under-experiment. This delegation rule is time consistent.
Citation2016. "Dynamic Delegation of Experimentation." American Economic Review, 106 (8): 1969-2008. DOI: 10.1257/aer.20141215
- D23 Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
- D82 Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- D83 Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
- O30 Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights: General