Optimal quality certification
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Quality certification not only informs consumers, but also stimulates producers to supply better quality products. We study a problem of quality certification in a moral hazard setting. We show that, under standard assumptions, simple certification systems, such as quality assurance rule and pass-fail rule, are optimal. Our solution method involves interpreting the certification problem as a delegation problem.
Zapechelnyuk , A 2020 , ' Optimal quality certification ' , American Economic Review: Insights , vol. 2 , no. 2 , pp. 161-176 . https://doi.org/10.1257/aeri.20190387
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DescriptionFinancial support from the Economic and Social Research Council Grant ES/N01829X/1 is gratefully acknowledged.
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