Escaping the Zero‐Sum Game of Positional Races

16 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2012

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Gilles Grolleau

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA

Igor Galochkin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Angela Sutan

LESSAC, Burgundy School of Business

Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

Positional races are frequently described as zero‐sum games implying that winners are exactly offset by losers. From the social welfare viewpoint, these races are wasteful. We develop several mechanisms allowing individuals to cope with the zero sum nature of rank games and possibly increase their happiness. We provide evidence to support the relevance of these mechanisms in real world settings. Several policy implications are drawn.

Suggested Citation

Grolleau, Gilles and Galochkin, Igor and Sutan, Angela, Escaping the Zero‐Sum Game of Positional Races (November 2012). Kyklos, Vol. 65, Issue 4, pp. 464-479, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2164566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12002

Gilles Grolleau (Contact Author)

Montpellier SupAgro and Researcher at LAMETA ( email )

France

Igor Galochkin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

Angela Sutan

LESSAC, Burgundy School of Business ( email )

29 rue Sambin
Dijon, 21000
France

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