Ranking Performance Measures in Multi-Task Agencies

Peter Ove Christensen, Florin Sabac, Joyce Tian

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We derive sufficient conditions for ranking performance evaluation systems in multi-task agency models (using both optimal and linear contracts) in terms of a second-order stochastic dominance (SSD) condition on the likelihood ratios. The SSD condition can be replaced by a variance-covariance matrix of likelihood ratios (VCM) condition when the utility function is square-root, the performance measures are normally distributed, and for LEN models. We identify existing results derived under the LEN assumptions that rely on the VCM condition and, thus, also hold for optimal contracts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAccounting Review
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1545-1575
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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