Strategy in Contests - An Introduction

WZB-Markets and Politics Working Paper No. SP II 2007-01

132 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2007

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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

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

Competition in which goods or rents are allocated as a function of the various efforts expended by players in trying to win these goods or rents is a very common phenomenon. A subset of examples comes from marketing, litigation, relative reward schemes or promotion tournaments in internal labor markets, beauty contests, influence activities, education filters, R&D contests, electoral competition in political markets, military conflict and sports. I survey here this type of competition which is sometimes called contest or tournament. I focus on the role of its various design aspects, such as prize structure, sequencing, nesting, repetition, elimination contests and many others. Some key insights about the nature and properties of this type of competition emerge from this analysis.

Keywords: Survey of contests, tournaments, conflict, strategic aspects

JEL Classification: D72, D74

Suggested Citation

Konrad, Kai A., Strategy in Contests - An Introduction (January 2007). WZB-Markets and Politics Working Paper No. SP II 2007-01, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=960458 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.960458

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