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Rents, dissipation and lost treasures: Rethinking Tullock's paradox

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  • Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci

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  • Francesco Parisi

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In this paper we revisit Tullock's paradox (Tullock, 1980) and consider a rent-seeking game in which parties face increasing returns to effort. We allow parties to randomize their strategies and give them an exit option. Given the mixed participation strategies of the parties, valuable rents may occasionally remain unexploited. We consider such a lost-treasure effect as an additional cost of rent seeking and examine how the expected value of such a lost rent varies with changes in the parameters of the problem. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

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  • Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci & Francesco Parisi, 2005. "Rents, dissipation and lost treasures: Rethinking Tullock's paradox," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 124(3), pages 411-422, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:124:y:2005:i:3:p:411-422
    DOI: 10.1007/s11127-005-2056-0
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    11. Münster, Johannes, 2006. "Rents, dissipation and lost treasures: comment," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 119, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.
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    13. Francesco Parisi & Barbara Luppi & Alice Guerra, 2017. "Gordon Tullock and the Virginia School of Law and Economics," Constitutional Political Economy, Springer, vol. 28(1), pages 48-61, March.

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