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A Profit-Center Game With Incomplete Information

Authors: lchiishi, Tatsuro
Radner, Roy
Keywords: Firm in multidivisional form;Transfer payment problem;Incomplete information;Core plan;Full-information revealing core plan;Asset specificity
Issue Date: Aug-1999
Publisher: Stern School of Business, New York University
Series/Report no.: IS-99-05
Abstract: Profit centers in a firm in multidivisional form agree in the ex ante stage upon a plan about their joint production and profit imputation. The plan is executed in the subsequent two periods of the interim stage. In the first interim period, each center has its private information, but a part of its information is revealed to the other centers through its action. Based on the information endogenously pooled this way, the centers take another round of actions in the second interim period. A core plan is defined as a Bayesian incentive-compatible plan of the grand coalition of profit centers, upon which no coalition can improve using its Bayesian incentive-compatible plan. A core plan is called full-information revealing if each center fully reveals its private information in the first period. Three existence theorems for a full-information revealing core plan are established. The first two theorems impose alternative conditions on returns to scale: (1) the neoclassical convex technology, and (2) increasing returns to scale. In case (2), a stronger condition than Scarf's distributiveness is imposed on the total production set. The third theorem is based on a specific supplier-customer relationship among the divisions.
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