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On the inappropriateness of collective rent seeking analysis when agents exert within-group and between-group efforts

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The ratio of within-group to between-group fighting is shown to be unrealistically high for the collective rent seeking model when agents exert two efforts i.e. within-group and between-group efforts. The ratio is more realistic for the production and conflict model. Six economics examples illustrate the unrealistic implications of rent seeking analysis.

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  • Hausken, Kjell, 2012. "On the inappropriateness of collective rent seeking analysis when agents exert within-group and between-group efforts," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(3), pages 504-507.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:3:p:504-507 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.04.060
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    1. Chen, Hong & Feng, Qun & Cao, Jing, 2014. "Rent-seeking mechanism for safety supervision in the Chinese coal industry based on a tripartite game model," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 72(C), pages 140-145.
    2. Kjell Hausken, 2016. "Gordon Tullock: A Nobel Prize left unbestowed," Journal of Bioeconomics, Springer, vol. 18(2), pages 121-127, July.

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    Keywords

    Rent seeking; Production; Conflict; Two efforts;

    JEL classification:

    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • L - Industrial Organization

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