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A Comparison of Rent-Seeking Models and Economic Models of Conflict

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  • Neary, Hugh M
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    This paper provides a comparative analysis of the basic rent-seeking model and a simple economic model of conflict. Each model is concerned with a game in which players invest resources in pursuit of a prize. The purpose of the analysis is to elucidate structural differences between the two models and to analyze the consequent behavioral differences and equilibrium outcomes in the two cases. A key finding is that, where such comparisons are possible, the conflict model tends to involve greater relative expenditure on wealth-redistribution activities than does the rent-seeking model. Copyright 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 93 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3-4 (December)
    Pages: 373-88

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:93:y:1997:i:3-4:p:373-88

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