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Incentive Contracts with Signaling
Daisuke Hirata  1@  
1 : Hitotsubashi University

This paper studies a simple model of incentive-contracting where (i) a principal learns an agent's ability before the agent himself, and (ii) both the agent's productivity with the principal as well as his outside option depends on his ability. I characterize the optimal contracts for the principal, defined to be the most profitable equilibrium outcomes among those satisfying the D1 criterion: Pooling at an earlier date is strictly optimal if the agent's outside option is sufficiently sensitive to the principal's private information, whereas separation at a later date is (weakly) optimal otherwise. Further, the principal's profit is shown to be neither continuous nor monotone with respect to the agent's outside option. Implications for unraveling in entry-level labor markets are also discussed. 

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