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The Alliance Formation Puzzle and Capacity Constraints

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  • Konrad, Kai A
  • Kovenock, Dan

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The formation of an alliance in conflict situations is known to suffer from a collective action problem and from the potential of internal conflict. We show that budget constraints of an intermediate size can overcome this strong disadvantage and explain the formation of alliances.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 6741.

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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:6741

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Keywords: Alliance formation puzzle; budget constraints; military conflict;

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  1. Kai A. Konrad, 2011. "Strategie Aspects of Fighting in Alliances," Working Papers strategie_aspects_of_figh, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.
  2. Ke, Changxia & Konrad, Kai A. & Morath, Florian, 2010. "Brothers in arms: An experiment on the alliance puzzle," Discussion Papers, Research Professorship & Project "The Future of Fiscal Federalism" SP II 2010-18, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  3. Jay Pil Choi & Subhasish M. Chowdhury & Jaesoo Kim, 2011. "Group Contests with Internal Conflict and Power Asymmetry," University of East Anglia Applied and Financial Economics Working Paper Series 025, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..
  4. Changxia Ke, 2011. "Fight Alone or Together? The Need to Belong," Working Papers fight_alone_or_together, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance.
  5. Herbst, Luisa & Konrad, Kai A. & Morath, Florian, 2013. "Endogenous group formation in experimental contests," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economics of Change SP II 2013-301, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  6. Iryna Topolyan, 2014. "Rent-seeking for a public good with additive contributions," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 465-476, February.
  7. Konrad, Kai A., 2010. "Information alliances in contests with budget limits," Discussion Papers, Research Professorship & Project "The Future of Fiscal Federalism" SP II 2010-21, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  8. Konrad, Kai A., 2010. "Dynamic contests," Discussion Papers, Research Professorship & Project "The Future of Fiscal Federalism" SP II 2010-10, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).
  9. Herbst, Luisa & Konrad, Kai A. & Morath, Florian, 2013. "Endogenous group formation in experimental contests," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 419, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.

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