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Effective Political Contests

  • Todd R. Kaplan

    (Department of Economics,Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

  • Aner Sela

    ()

    (Department of Economics,Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

We study two-stage political contests with private entry costs. We show that these political contests could be ineffective, namely, the chance of low ability candidates participating in the contest might be higher than the chance of high ability candidates participating in the contest (and winning). However, by imposing a costly requirement (fee) on the winner of the contest, one can guarantee that the contest will be effective.

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Paper provided by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0804.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:bgu:wpaper:0804
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