Team Signaling and Collective Reputation with an Application to the Optimal Sharing Rule
24 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2009
Date Written: December 29, 2009
This paper extends the team production theory pioneered by Holmstrom (1982) with a team signaling model. In the model, the team's output acts as a signal of the team's ability, and thus is valuable for the team members. The team members will cooperate to some extent to signal a speci fic type, which alleviate the shirking problem. The enforcement mechanism is revealed: the rent from the signaling is to subsidize the team production, which in effect transforms the prisoners' dilemma game into a coordination game which is shaped by the sharing rule. The optimal sharing rule is determined by the trade-off between reputational rents and incentive distortion.
Keywords: Team production, signaling, collective reputation
JEL Classification: D820, D860, L220
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