Fixed-prize tournaments versus first-price auctions in innovation contests
This paper analyzes a procurement setting with two identical firms and stochastic innovations. In contrast to the previous literature, I show that a procurer who cannot charge entry fees may prefer a fixed-prize tournament to a first-price auction since holding an auction may leave higher rents to firms when the innovation technology is subject to large random factors.
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Volume (Year): 35 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
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