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Overview

More then just a textbook, A Theory of Incentives in Procurement and Regulation will guide economists' research on regulation for years to come. It makes a difficult and large literature of the new regulatory economics accessible to the average graduate student, while offering insights into the theoretical ideas and stratagems not available elsewhere. Based on their pathbreaking work in the application of principal-agent theory to questions of regulation, Laffont and Tirole develop a synthetic approach, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on the regulation of natural monopolies such as military contractors, utility companies,and transportation authorities.The book's clear and logical organization begins with an introduction that summarizes regulatory practices, recounts the history of thought that led to the emergence of the new regulatory economics, sets up the basic structure of the model, and previews the economic questions tackled in the next seventeen chapters. The structure of the model developed in the introductory chapter remains the same throughout subsequent chapters, ensuring both stability and consistency. The concluding chapter discusses important areas for future work in regulatory economics.Each chapter opens with a discussion of the economic issues, an informal description of the applicable model, and an overview of the results and intuition. It then develops the formal analysis, including sufficient explanations for those with little training in information economics or game theory.

Bibliographic notes provide a historical perspective of developments in the area and a description of complementary research. Detailed proofs are given of all major conclusions, making the book valuable as a source of modern research techniques.

There is a large set of review problems at the end of the book.Jean-Jacques Laffont is Professor of Economics at Université des Sciences Sociales in Toulouse where Jean Tirole is Scientific Director at the Institut d'Economié Industrielle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262121743
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 731
  • Sales rank: 1,123,392
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Jacques Laffont was Professor of Economics at theUniversité des Sciences Sociales de Toulouse and the InstitutUniversitaire de France and Director of the Institut d'EconomieIndustrielle.

Jean Tirole, the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Economics, is Scientific Director of IDEI (Institut d'Economie Industrielle), Chairman of the Board of TSE (Toulouse School of Economics), and Annual Visiting Professor of Economics at MIT.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Price and Rate-Of-Return Regulation
1 Cost-Reimbursement Rules 53
2 Pricing by a Single-Product Firm With and Without Budget Balance 129
3 Pricing and Incentives in a Multiproduct Firm 165
4 Regulation of Quality 211
II Product Market Competition
5 Competitive Ramsey Formulas and Access Pricing 247
6 Bypass and Cream Skimming 273
III Bidding for Natural Monopoly
7 Auctioning Incentive Contracts 307
8 Repeated Auctions of Incentive Contracts, Investment, and Bidding Parity 341
IV The Dynamics of Regulation
9 Dynamics Without Commitment and the Ratchet Effect 375
10 Commitment and Renegotiation 437
V The Politics of Regulation
11 Regulatory Capture 475
12 Cost Padding, Auditing, and Collusion 515
13 Cartelization by Regulation 537
14 Auction Design and Favoritism 559
VI Regulatory Institutions
15 Regulatory Instruments, Hearings, and Interest Group Monitoring 591
16 Commitment and Political Accountability 619
17 Privatization and Incentives 637
Conclusion 661
Review Exercises 671
Index 695
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