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Deterrence in Rank-Order Tournaments

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  • Curry Philip A.

    (Simon Fraser University)

  • Mongrain Steeve

    (Simon Fraser University)

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In a tournament competitors may cheat to gain an advantage. This paper considers the problem of deterrence and finds that tournaments reflect special circumstances that are not present in a traditional model of law enforcement. The traditional model considers sanctions and monitoring as the instruments of deterrence. In a tournament the prize structure plays a critical role in determining both the costs and benefits to cheating. We consider ways in which the prize structure can be manipulated in order to reduce monitoring costs.

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  • Curry Philip A. & Mongrain Steeve, 2009. "Deterrence in Rank-Order Tournaments," Review of Law & Economics, De Gruyter, vol. 5(1), pages 723-740, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:rlecon:v:5:y:2009:i:1:n:30
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    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts

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