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Leadership in Collective Action

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  • Joan Esteban
  • Esther Hauk

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We extend the model of collective action in which groups compete for a budged by endogenizing the group platform, namely the specific mixture of public/private good and the distribution of the private good to group members which can be uniform or performance-based. While the group-optimal platform contains a degree of publicness that increases in group size and divides the private benefits uniformly, a success-maximizing leader uses incentives and distorts the platform towards more private benefits - a distortion that increases with group size. In both settings we obtain the anti-Olson type result that win probability increases with group size.

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Paper provided by Barcelona Graduate School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 362.

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Date of creation: Mar 2009
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Keywords: collective contests; leadership; group platform; incentives; sharing rules;

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