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Olson VS. Coase: Coalitional Worth in Conflict

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  • Joan Esteban

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We analyze a model of conflict with endogenous choice of effort, where subsets of the contenders may force the resolution to be sequential: First the alliance fights it out with the rest and -- in case they win -- later they fight it out among themselves. For three-player games, we find that it will not be in the interest of any two of them to form an alliance. We obtain this result under two different scenarios: equidistant preferences with varying relative strengths, and varying vicinity of preferences with equal distribution of power. We conclude that the commonly made assumption of super-additive coalitional worth is suspect.

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Volume (Year): 55 (2003)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 339-357

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Handle: RePEc:kap:theord:v:55:y:2003:i:4:p:339-357

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  1. Kai Konrad, 2012. "Information alliances in contests with budget limits," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 151(3), pages 679-693, June.
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