Title: Recursive Contracts
Publisher: European University Institute
Series/Number: EUI ECO; 1998/37
We obtain a recursive formulation for a general class of contracting problems involving incentive constraints. These constraints make the corresponding maximization (sup) problems non recursive. Our approach consists of studying a recursive Lagrangian. Under standard general conditions, there is a recursive saddle point (infsup) functional equation (analogous to Bellman's equation) that characterizes the solution. Our approach applies to a large class of contractual problems, as examples, we study the optimal policies in a model intertemporal participation (default) constraints and a model with competitive constraints (as in Ramsey problems).
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