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Caps on bidding in all-pay auctions: Comments on the experiments of A. Rapoport and W. Amaldoss

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  • Dechenaux, Emmanuel
  • Kovenock, Dan
  • Lugovskyy, Volodymyr

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In an article published in this journal, Rapoport and Amaldoss (2000, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 42, 483-521) analyze symmetric and asymmetric investment games similar to two-player all-pay auctions with bid caps. In this note, we correct an error in their characterization of the set of Nash Equilibria of their symmetric investment game. In particular, we find Equilibria that Rapoport and Amaldoss (2000) fail to identify. Taking these Equilibria into account has important implications for the analysis of data from Rapoport and Amaldoss’s experiments.

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Volume (Year): 61 (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 276-283

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  1. Rapoport, Amnon & Amaldoss, Wilfred, 2000. "Mixed strategies and iterative elimination of strongly dominated strategies: an experimental investigation of states of knowledge," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 42(4), pages 483-521, August.
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  1. Dechenaux, Emmanuel & Kovenock, Dan & Lugovskyy, Volodymry, 2003. "A Comment on “David and Goliath: An Analysis on Asymmetric Mixed-Strategy Games and Experimental Evidence”," Purdue University Economics Working Papers 1162, Purdue University, Department of Economics.
  2. Ivan Pastine & Tuvana Pastine, 2012. "All-Pay Contests with Constraints," Working Papers 201204, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
  3. Dechenaux, Emmanuel & Kovenock, Dan & Lugovskyy, Volodymyr, 2006. "Caps on bidding in all-pay auctions: Comments on the experiments of A. Rapoport and W. Amaldoss," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 61(2), pages 276-283, October.
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  7. Rapoport, Amnon & Amaldoss, Wilfred, 2008. "In search of experimental support for an asymmetric equilibria solution in symmetric investment games," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 67(1), pages 200-203, July.
  8. HHironori Otsubo, 2012. "Contests with Incumbency Advantages: An Experiment Investigation of the Effect of Limits on Spending Behavior and Outcome," Jena Economic Research Papers 2012-020, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
  9. Miguel A. Fonseca & Hans-Theo Normann, 2013. "Excess Capacity and Pricing in Bertrand-Edgeworth Markets: Experimental Evidence," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 169(2), pages 199-228, June.
  10. Sheremeta, Roman, 2009. "Essays on Experimental Investigation of Lottery Contests," MPRA Paper 49888, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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