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Contracting to Share Bilateral Information in Supply Chain

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 242)

Abstract

This paper investigates the problem of information sharing under bilateral asymmetric information environment. More specifically, we consider a supply chain consisting of one risk-neural manufacturer and one risk-neural retailer for an innovation product. In order to facilitate the cooperation, the manufacturer and the retailer agree to share their private information that is known from the finished sample product. We give a relational contract specified the trading quantity and the corresponding transfer payments. We show that the wholesale price relational contract cannot induce the two parties to share their information truthfully and analyze how the false information affects the supply chain’s profit. In order to create sufficient incentives and internalize the supply chain’s objective, we design a new set of transfer payments specified the allocation rule based on the two parties’ information rents. We show that the relational contract with the new transfer payments can achieve truthful information revealing and allocate the ex post profit reasonably.

Keywords

Supply chain Bilateral asymmetric information Relational contract Information rents 

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Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Foundation of National Nature Science of China (Grant No. 71071103).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer Science and TechnologySouthwest University for NationalitiesChengduPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Business SchoolSichuan UniversityChengduPeople’s Republic of China

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