Special Issue "Behavioral Contract Theory"

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336). This special issue belongs to the section "Behavioral and Experimental Game Theory".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Junichiro Ishida
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Guest Editor
Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Osaka University, 6-6-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047, Japan
Interests: contract theory; organizational economics; information economics
Prof. Dr. Takeshi Murooka
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Guest Editor
Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, 1-31 Machikaneyamacho, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043, Japan
Interests: psychology and economics; industrial organization; microeconomic theory

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite many advances that have been made over the years, it has become increasingly clear that there are some behavioral anomalies and biases that cannot be easily reconciled within the standard paradigm of economics. The field of contract theory is no exception, where researchers have started to pay more attention to the potential role of various psychological factors in contracting environments, be it in organizations or in markets.

This Special Issue is devoted to contributions at the intersection of contract theory and behavioral economics, broadly defined. Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to, contracting with non-standard risk and time preferences (e.g., loss aversion, ambiguity aversion, hyperbolic discounting), as well as social preferences (e.g., altruism, fairness, reciprocity); overconfidence and self-esteem concerns; contracting to consumers and exploitative contacting; behavioral foundations of incomplete contracts; among others. We aim to bring together the most recent contributions in this area and welcome theoretical (both pure and applied), experimental, and empirical/field studies on a broad range of topics.

Prof. Dr. Junichiro Ishida
Prof. Dr. Takeshi Murooka
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • contract design
  • incentive provision
  • non-standard preferences
  • social preferences
  • bounded rationality
  • self-esteem concerns

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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