Tournaments, Fairness and the Prouhet‐Thue‐Morse Sequence

2 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2012

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Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

London School of Economics; Ikerbasque Foundation UPV/EHU

Date Written: July 2012


The Prouhet‐Thue‐Morse sequence occurs as the answer to various apparently unrelated questions in combinatorics, differential geometry, number theory, physics, music, turtle graphics, and other areas in the natural sciences. This paper shows that it can also be the answer to an important question in economics: how should the order of a sequential tournament competition between two agents be determined to make it fair?

JEL Classification: D00, Z00

Suggested Citation

Palacios-Huerta, Ignacio, Tournaments, Fairness and the Prouhet‐Thue‐Morse Sequence (July 2012). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 848-849, 2012, Available at SSRN: or

Ignacio Palacios-Huerta (Contact Author)

London School of Economics ( email )

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Ikerbasque Foundation UPV/EHU ( email )

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