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Disclosure policy in a multi-prize all-pay auction with stochastic abilities

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  • Fu, Qiang
  • Jiao, Qian
  • Lu, Jingfeng

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This paper investigates whether a contest organizer should disclose private information about bidders’ abilities in a multi-prize all-pay auction. Bidders’ abilities are randomly distributed and observed by the contest organizer; the organizer decides whether to disclose this information publicly. We find that concealing the information elicits higher expected total effort, regardless of the distribution of abilities. In addition, we find that the rent-dissipation rate of the contest does not depend on the disclosure policy.

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  • Fu, Qiang & Jiao, Qian & Lu, Jingfeng, 2014. "Disclosure policy in a multi-prize all-pay auction with stochastic abilities," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 125(3), pages 376-380.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:125:y:2014:i:3:p:376-380
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2014.10.014
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    Keywords

    All-pay auction; Disclosure; Concealment; Stochastic abilities;
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    JEL classification:

    • C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty

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