Information acquisition, referral, and organization
Ma, Ching-to Albert
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Citation (published version)Simona Grassi, Ching-to Albert Ma. 2016. "Information acquisition, referral, and organization." The RAND Journal of Economics, v. 47, issue 4, pp. 935 - 960.
Each of two experts may provide a service to a client. Experts' cost comparative advantage depends on an unknown state, but an expert may exert effort to get a private signal about it. In a market, an expert may refer the client to the other for a fee. In equilibrium, only one expert exerts effort and refers, and the equilibrium allocation is inefficient. Referral efficiency can be restored when experts form an organization, in which a referring expert must bear the referred expert's cost. However, the referred expert shirks from work effort because of the lack of cost responsibility.
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