Performance cycles

David Lagziel, Ehud Lehrer

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A decision maker repeatedly exerts efforts to produce new outputs, while being compensated based on his past and current production levels. We show that the decision maker’s optimal strategy dictates a cyclic oscillatory performance whenever the compensation depends on recent past performance. We apply our model to various economic settings such as the delegated portfolio-managers problem, an R &D investment problem, and a dynamic advertising problem.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic Theory
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2023


  • Dynamic optimization
  • Performance cycles
  • Performance persistence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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