Effects of Competitive Pressure on Principal-Agent Relationships: an Experimental Investigation

Arnold, Markus C.; Grasser, R. (2007). Effects of Competitive Pressure on Principal-Agent Relationships: an Experimental Investigation (Submitted). Journal of management accounting research Sarasota, Fla: American Accounting Association

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This paper analyzes the effects of competitive pressure among agents on principal-agent relationships. We examine both situations where competitive pressure is valuable for the principal from a theoretical perspective and situations where it is not. Our results show that competitive pressure significantly affects both effort levels and surplus sharing in principal-agent relationships. In particular, even if competitive pressure should not have any effect from a theoretical point of view, effort levels significantly increase and surplus sharing is significantly shifted towards the principal. This suggests that the perception of what is a 'fair' contract offer shifts under situations of competitive pressure. However, within a given treatment, agents' effort choices are influenced by reciprocal considerations both in settings with competitive pressure and without.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute for Accounting and Controlling > Managerial Accounting

UniBE Contributor:

Arnold, Markus Christopher

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1558-8033

Publisher:

American Accounting Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lynn Carole Selhofer

Date Deposited:

11 Mar 2020 11:54

Last Modified:

11 Mar 2020 11:54

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.141312

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141312

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