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An alternative interpretation of random noise in rank-order tournaments

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We propose an alternative interpretation of additive random noise from the canonical framework of Lazear and Rosen (1981) amenable to applications where players do observe their final outputs at the time when inputs are chosen. This interpretation is suitable to model situations where participants do not know the precise distribution of the population from which their opponents are drawn. The variant of the model that we define is strategically equivalent to that in Lazear and Rosen (1981).

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  • Barbos, Andrei, 2013. "An alternative interpretation of random noise in rank-order tournaments," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(2), pages 326-329.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:2:p:326-329
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.08.030
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    1. Subhasish Chowdhury & Roman Sheremeta, 2015. "Strategically equivalent contests," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 78(4), pages 587-601, April.
    2. Lazear, Edward P & Rosen, Sherwin, 1981. "Rank-Order Tournaments as Optimum Labor Contracts," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 89(5), pages 841-864, October.
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    Keywords

    Contests; Head starts; Additive random noise;

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    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General

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