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WHY MY PARTICIPATION MATTERS: Rent-seeking with endogenous prize determination

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  • Klarizze Anne Puzon
  • Marc Willinger

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We analyze an institutionalized rent-seeking game in which groups can endogenously choose the prize at stake, e.g. a common-pool resource. In the first stage, groups determine how much of the resource to protect and equally share. In the second stage, the unprotected fraction is competed for in a rent-seeking game. We consider two institutions varying in the extent by which subjects participate: majority voting (i.e. "unrestrained participation" where all group members participate in the protection stage) and dictatorial rule (i.e. "limited participation" where only one member decides in the protection stage) [...]

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  • Klarizze Anne Puzon & Marc Willinger, 2014. "WHY MY PARTICIPATION MATTERS: Rent-seeking with endogenous prize determination," Working Papers 14-05, LAMETA, Universitiy of Montpellier, revised Jun 2014.
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    1. Klarizze Anne Puzon & Marc Willinger, 2015. "Malevolent Governance, Intra-Group Conflict and the Paradox of the Plenty: An Experiment," Games, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(1), pages 1-11, December.
    2. repec:gam:jgames:v:7:y:2015:i:1:p:2:d:61440 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Klarizze Puzon & Marc Willinger, 2014. "Do malevolent leaders provoke conflict? An experiment on the paradox of the plenty," Working Papers 14-10, LAMETA, Universitiy of Montpellier, revised Oct 2014.

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