Preemption Contests between Groups

39 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Stefano Barbieri

Tulane University - Department of Economics

Kai A. Konrad

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

David A. Malueg

University of California Riverside

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Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

We consider a preemption game between groups where the first agent to take a costly action wins the prize on behalf of his group. We describe the equilibrium solution of this problem when players differ in their own costs of action and these costs are private information. The equilibrium is typically characterized by delay. The nature of the equilibrium depends on key parameters such as the number of groups and their size. More competition between groups reduces delay, whereas in larger groups members of a given cost type are more reluctant to act but may yield an earlier resolution of the conflict. We analyze asymmetries across groups, focusing on group size and strength of the externalities within groups.

Keywords: dynamic conflict, free riding, incomplete information, inter-group conflict, preemption, waiting

JEL Classification: D74, H41, L13

Suggested Citation

Barbieri, Stefano and Konrad, Kai A. and Malueg, David A., Preemption Contests between Groups (May 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13738. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3391085

Stefano Barbieri (Contact Author)

Tulane University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Kai A. Konrad

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance ( email )

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Germany

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David A. Malueg

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