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Tullock contests may be revenue superior to auctions in a symmetric setting


  • Matros, Alexander
  • Possajennikov, Alex


We consider a symmetric two-player common-value setting where each player gets a private signal about the object value. We show that for some parameter values the equilibrium revenue can be higher in a Tullock contest than in the standard auctions.

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  • Matros, Alexander & Possajennikov, Alex, 2016. "Tullock contests may be revenue superior to auctions in a symmetric setting," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 142(C), pages 74-77.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:142:y:2016:i:c:p:74-77 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.03.003

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    1. Jörg Franke & Wolfgang Leininger & Cédric Wasser, 2016. "Optimal Favoritism in All-Pay Auctions and Lottery Contests," CESifo Working Paper Series 6274, CESifo Group Munich.

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    Common value; Contests; Auctions;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • D44 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Auctions


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