|Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Location: 1360 East Hall (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Title: An adverse selection approach to power pricing
Abstract: We study the optimal design of electricity contracts among a population of consumers with different needs. This question is tackled within the framework of Principal-Agent problems in presence of adverse selection. The particular features of electricity induce an unusual structure on the production cost, with no decreasing returns to scale. We are nevertheless able to provide an explicit solution for the problem at hand. The optimal contracts are either linear or polynomial with respect to the consumption. Whenever the outside options offered by competitors are not uniform among the different types of consumers, we exhibit situations where the electricity provider should contract with consumers with either low or high
appetite for electricity.
Speaker: Nicolas Hernandez