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What is the principal-agent problem? What are three ways in which firms try to cope with it?

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The principal-agent problem is the problem of devising compensation rules that induce an agent to act in the best interests of a principal. There are three ways of coping with this problem: Ownership, often offered to managers, gives the agents an incentive to maximize the firm’s profits, which is the goal of the owners, the principals; incentive pay links managers’ or workers’ pay to the firm’s performance and  helps align the managers’ and workers’ interests with those of the owners, the principal; long-term contracts tie managers’ or workers’ long-term rewards to the long-term performance of the firm, encouraging the agents to work in the best long-term interests of the firm owners, the principals
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