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By  and Colin Wren and Colin Wren


The paper analyses the existence and efficiency of discretionary industrial assistance schemes under asymmetric information between an uninformed government and a uniform distribution of firms with differing productivities. Discretionary assistance allows the government to scrutinise projects in an effort to learn the type, which can reduce the ‘informational rents ’ of automatic assistance, where firms take up any contract on offer. Two discretionary grant schemes are analysed, which either exclude ‘non-additional ’ projects or reduce the assistance to the minimum necessary for a project to proceed. The paper finds the conditions under which discretionary assistance exists and is more efficient than automatic assistance

Topics: Key Words, subsidies, asymmetric information, discretionary assistance, investment grants
Year: 2011
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