Dynamic contracts and learning by doing

Authors: Julien Prat

Mathematics and Financial Economics, Vol. 9, No 3, 169-193, June, 2015

This paper studies the design of optimal contracts in dynamic environments where agents learn by doing. We derive a condition under which contracts are fully incentive compatible. A closed-form solution is obtained when agents have CARA utility. It shows that human capital accumulation strengthens the power of incentives and allows the principal to provide the agent with better insurance against transitory risks.