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Rank-order tournaments and selection

  • Derek Clark


  • Christian Riis


Rank order tournaments are often presented as incentive devices: a tournament in which the hardest working individual gains promotion to the next level in a firms' hierarchy may induce workers to exert extra effort for example. In this paper, we consider a tournament in which workers are expected to be heterogenous, so that the principal cares about who is promoted, worker ability is, however, unknown to the principal.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Economics Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie.

Volume (Year): 73 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 167-191

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:73:y:2001:i:2:p:167-191
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