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Tullock’s contest with reimbursements

  • Alexander Matros


  • Daniel Armanios


We consider Tullock’s contests with reimbursements. It turns out that the winner-reimbursed contest maximizes the net total spending while the loser-reimbursed contest minimizes the net total spending. We investigate properties of contests with reimbursements and compare them with the classic Tullock’s contest. Applications for R&D, government contracts, and elections are discussed.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 141 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 49-63

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:141:y:2009:i:1:p:49-63
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