Risk Aversion, Performance Pay, and the Principal-Agent Problem

@article{Haubrich1994RiskAP,
  title={Risk Aversion, Performance Pay, and the Principal-Agent Problem},
  author={Joseph G. Haubrich},
  journal={Journal of Political Economy},
  year={1994},
  volume={102},
  pages={258 - 276}
}
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