The three coeditors knew John Butterworth for many years and had worked closely with him on a number of research projects. We respected him as a valuable colleague and friend. We were greatly saddened by his untimely death. This book is an attempt to remember him. We dedicate the volume to John with thanks for the contributions he made to our research, to the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of British Columbia, and to the accounting profession. This volume contains twelve invited papers on the general topic of the economic theory of information and contracts. We asked leading scholars who had known John to contribute papers. The response was very gratifying. The authors provided us with new strong research papers that should make a lasting contribution to the accounting and information economics research literature, and make us all proud to have put this volume together. The research papers in the volume are in three sections: information evaluation in multi person conte)l:ts; contracting in agencies under moral hazard; and contracting in agencies with private information.
We begin part I with Jerry Feltham's review of John Butterworth's pioneering contributions to the accounting and information economics literature. This is followed by an introduction to the papers in the volume and the papers themselves.
I: Introduction.- John E. Butterworth's Pioneering Contributions to the Accounting and Information Economics Literature.- to the Research Papers in this Volume.- II: Information Evaluation in Multiperson Contexts.- 1. Blackwell Informativeness and Sufficient Statistics with Applications to Financial Markets and Multiperson Agencies.- 2. The Social Value of Public Information in Production Economies.- 3. Costly Public Information: Optimality and Comparative Statics.- 4. Value of Information in Bimatrix Games.- III: Contracting in Agencies Under Moral Hazard.- 5. The Principal/Agent Problem-Numerical Solutions.- 6. Explorations in the Theory of Single- and Multiple-Agent Agencies.- 7. Sequential Choice Under Moral Hazard.- 8. Risk Sharing and Valuation Under Moral Hazard.- IV: Contracting in Agencies with Private Information.- 9. Communication of Private Information in Capital Markets: Contingent Contracts and Verified Reports.- 10. Managerial Compensation: Linear-Sharing vs. Bonus-Incentive Plans under Moral Hazard and Adverse Selection.- 11. Intrafirm Resource Allocation and Discretionary Actions.- 12. Accountants' Loss Functions and Induced Preferences for Conservatism.- Author Index.
Series: Essays in Honor of John E. Butterworth
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 30th June 1988
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.79