Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study


Asymmetric Information Allocation to Avoid Coordination Failure


This study addresses optimal information allocation in team production. We present a unique implementation problem of desirable effort levels and show that, under certain conditions, it is optimal to asymmetrically inform the agents even if they are ex ante symmetric. The main intuition is that the asymmetric information allocation is effective in avoiding “bad” equilibria, that is, equilibria with coordination failure. This analysis provides an explanation as to why informing agents asymmetrically might be beneficial in improving the agents’ coordination behaviors.

Report No.: HIAS-E-18
Author(s): Fumitoshi Moriya(a)
Takuro Yamashita(b), (c)
Affiliation: (a) Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
(b) Toulouse School of Economics
(c) Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study, Hitotsubashi University
Issued Date: December 2015
Keywords: Moral hazard, Unique implementation, Asymmetric information
JEL: D21, D23, D86