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Governing Interest Groups and Rent Dissipation

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  • Gil S. Epstein

    () (Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University)

  • Yosef Mealem

    (Netanya Academic College)

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In a contest group - specific public goods we consider the effect that managing an interest group has on the rent dissipation and the total expected payoffs of the contest. While in the first group, there is a central planner determining its members’ expenditure in the contest, in the second group there are two different possibilities: either all the members are governed by a central planner or they aren’t. We consider both types of contests: an all pay auction and a Logit contest success function. We show that while governing an interest group decreases free-riding, it may as well decrease the rent dissipation; at the same time the expected payoffs from the groups may also decrease.

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  • Gil S. Epstein & Yosef Mealem, 2010. "Governing Interest Groups and Rent Dissipation," Working Papers 2010-19, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:biu:wpaper:2010-19
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    1. Epstein, Gil S. & Mealem, Yosef, 2013. "Politicians, Governed vs. Non-Governed Interest Groups and Rent Dissipation," IZA Discussion Papers 7736, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Gil Epstein & Yosef Mealem, 2015. "Politicians, governed versus non-governed interest groups and rent dissipation," Theory and Decision, Springer, vol. 79(1), pages 133-149, July.

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