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Contests with Random Noise and a Shared Prize

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  • Sheremeta, Roman
  • Masters, William
  • Cason, Timothy

This note introduces a model of contests with random noise and a shared prize that combines features of Tullock (1980) and Lazear and Rosen (1981). Similar to results in Lazear and Rosen, as the level of noise decreases the equilibrium effort rises. As the noise variance approaches zero, the equilibrium effort of the shared-prize contest approaches that of a Tullock lottery contest.

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Date of creation: May 2009
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