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Rentseeking By Players With Constant Absolute Risk Aversion

  • Richard Cornes

    (School of Economics, University of Nottingham,)

  • Roger Hartley


    (Department of Economics Keele University)

We introduce a novel method of modelling Tullock rent-seeking contests that avoids the complexities encountered by the ‘best response function’ approach. We analyse contests in which there are many risk averse players differing in their attitudes to risk. We establish that, if every player has a constant degree of absolute risk aversion, a unique equilibrium exists. We also establish comparative static results and examine how the level of rent dissipation is affected by the heterogeneity of attitudes towards risk and the precise nature of the technology.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Keele University in its series Keele Department of Economics Discussion Papers (1995-2001) with number 2000/14.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2000
Date of revision: Jan 2001
Publication status: Published in Public Choice, 2003, Vol. 117, pages 1-25.
Handle: RePEc:kee:keeldp:2000/14
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