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Strategically Equivalent Contests


Subhasish M. Chowdhury


University of East Anglia - School of Economics, Center for Competition Policy, and Center for Experimental and Behavioral Social Science

Roman M. Sheremeta


Chapman University

October 23, 2012


Abstract:     
We use a Tullock-type contest to show that intuitively and structurally different contests can be strategically equivalent. Strategically equivalent contests generate the same best response functions and, as a result, the same efforts. Two strategically equivalent contests, however, may yield different equilibrium payoffs. We propose a simple two-step procedure to identify strategically equivalent contests. Using this procedure, we identify contests that are strategically equivalent to the original Tullock contest, and provide new examples of strategically equivalent contests. Finally, we discuss possible contest design applications and avenues for future theoretical and empirical research.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: rent-seeking, contest, equivalence, contest design

JEL Classification: C72, D72, D74

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Date posted: October 24, 2012 ; Last revised: February 24, 2013

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Chowdhury, Subhasish M. and Sheremeta, Roman M., Strategically Equivalent Contests (October 23, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2166077 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2166077

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Subhasish M. Chowdhury
University of East Anglia - School of Economics, Center for Competition Policy, and Center for Experimental and Behavioral Social Science ( email )
Norwich Research Park
Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom
Roman M. Sheremeta (Contact Author)
Chapman University ( email )
Orange, CA 92866
United States
HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/romansheremeta/
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