14 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2003
In this paper we revisit Tullock's (1980) paradox and consider a rent-seeking game in which parties face increasing returns to effort. We allow parties to randomize their strategies and give them an exit option. Given the mixed participation strategies of the parties, valuable rents may occasionally remain unexploited. We consider such a lost-treasure effect as an additional cost of rent-seeking and examine how the expected value of such a lost rent varies with changes in the parameters of the problem.
Keywords: rent-seeking, rent dissipation, Tullock's paradox
JEL Classification: C72, D72
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Dari‐Mattiacci, Giuseppe and Parisi, Francesco, Rents, Dissipation, and Lost Treasures: Rethinking Tullock's Paradox. Public Choice, Vol. 124, Nos. 3-4, pp. 411-422, September 2005; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 03-53. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=467343 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.467343
By Gordon Brady