Optimal stopping contract for Public Private Partnerships under moral hazard


Séminaire Données et Aléatoire Théorie & Applications

31/03/2022 - 14:00 Ishak Hajjej (ENSIIE) Salle 106

This paper studies optimal Public Private Partnerships contracts between a public entity and a consortium, in continuous-time and with a continuous payment, and the possibility for the public to stop the contract. The public ("she") pays a continuous rent to the consortium ("he"), while the latter gives a best response characterized by his effort. This effort impacts the drift of the social welfare, until a terminal date decided by the public when she stops the contract and gives compensation to the consortium. Usually, the public cannot observe the effort done by the consortium, leading to a principal agent’s problem with moral hazard. We solve this optimal stochastic control with optimal stopping problem in this context of moral hazard. The public value function is characterized by the solution of an associated Hamilton Jacobi Bellman Variational Inequality. The public value function, the optimal effort and rent processes are computed numerically by using the Howard algorithm. In particular, the impact of the social welfare’s volatility on the optimal contract is studied.

Joint work with Caroline Hillairet and Mohamed Mnif