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Cooperation and Effort in Group Contests

  • Gil S. Epstein


    (Bar-Ilan University)

  • Yosef Mealem

We consider a two group contest over a group specific public good comparing two situations: (i) when all players act independently; and (ii) when the players of each group cooperate. This comparison leads us to the conclusion that it is possible for one group to contribute more (and have a higher expected payoff) in the non-cooperative regime than in the cooperative regime.

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Paper provided by Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011-28.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:biu:wpaper:2011-28
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  3. Gil Epstein & Shmuel Nitzan, 2006. "Reduced prizes and increased effort in contests," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 26(3), pages 447-453, June.
  4. Cheikbossian, Guillaume, 2008. "Heterogeneous groups and rent-seeking for public goods," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 133-150, March.
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  7. Epstein, Gil S. & Nitzan, Shmuel, 2004. "Strategic restraint in contests," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(1), pages 201-210, February.
  8. Cheikbossian, Guillaume, 2005. "Lobbying, Spillovers and the Benefits of Decentralization," Cahiers du LASER (LASER Working Papers) 2005.17, LASER (Laboratoire de Science Economique de Richter), Faculty of Economics, University of Montpellier 1.
  9. Kyung Baik, 2008. "Contests with group-specific public-good prizes," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 103-117, January.
  10. Gil S. Epstein & Shmuel Nitzan, 2002. "Political Culture and Monopoly Price Determination," CESifo Working Paper Series 646, CESifo Group Munich.
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