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  • Warneryd, Karl

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We consider a two-player contest for a prize of common but uncertain value. We show that less resources are spent in equilibrium if one party is privately informed about the value of the prize than if either both agents are informed or neither agent is informed. Furthermore, the uninformed agent is ex ante strictly more likely to win the prize than is the informed agent.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Theory.

Volume (Year): 110 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 121-136

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:110:y:2003:i:1:p:121-136

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