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Rational Sabotage in Cooperative Production with Heterogeneous Agents

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  • Carmen Beviá

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  • Luis C. Corchón

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We present a model of cooperative production in which rational agents might carry out sabotage activities that decrease output. We provide necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a Nash equilibrium without sabotage. It is shown that the absence of sabotage in equilibrium depends on the interplay between technology, relative productivity of agents and the degree of meritocracy. In particular we show that, ceteris paribus, meritocratic systems give more incentives to sabotage than egalitarian systems.

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Paper provided by Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía in its series Economics Working Papers with number we20090204.

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Date of creation: Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cte:werepe:we20090204

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Keywords: Cooperative production; sharing rules; sabotage;

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  1. Subhasish M. Chowdhury & Oliver Gurtler, 2013. "Sabotage in Contests: A Survey," University of East Anglia Applied and Financial Economics Working Paper Series 051, School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK..

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