Loss Aversion and the Tullock Paradox
We show that the presence of loss aversion on the part of participants in a Tullock imperfectly discriminating contest will significantly reduce the proportion of the rent dissipated in the form of resources used up in the competition for that rent. We also suggest a simple experiment that can reveal whether contestants are, indeed, loss averse. Keywords Rent-seeking, contests, loss aversion, rent dissipation
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