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Asymmetric Contests with General Technologies

Cornes, Richard; Hartley, Roger


We investigate the pure-strategy Nash equilibria of asymmetric, winner-take-all, imperfectly discriminating contests, focussing on existence, uniqueness and rent dissipation. When the contest success function is determined by a production function with decreasing returns for each contestant, there is a unique pure-strategy equilibrium. If marginal product is also bounded, limiting total expenditure is equal to the value of the prize in large contests even if contestants differ. Partial...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Economic Theory
DOI: 10.1007/s00199-004-0566-5


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