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Designing contests between heterogeneous contestants: An experimental study of tie-breaks and bid-caps in all-pay auctions

Aniol Llorente-Saguer (), Roman Sheremeta () and Nora Szech

No SP II 2016-307, Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Economics of Change from WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Abstract: A well-known theoretical result in the contest literature is that greater heterogeneity decreases performance of contestants because of the "discouragement effect." Leveling the playing field by favoring weaker contestants through bid-caps and favorable tie-breaking rules can reduce the discouragement effect and increase the designer's revenue. We test these predictions in an experiment. Our data show that indeed, strengthening weaker contestants through tie-breaks and bid-caps significantly diminishes the discouragement effect. Bid-caps can also improve revenue. Most deviations from Nash equilibrium can be explained by the level-k model of reasoning.

Keywords: all-pay auction; rent-seeking; bid-caps; tie-breaks; contest design (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C72 C91 D72 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-exp, nep-gth and nep-hrm
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Working Paper: Designing Contests Between Heterogeneous Contestants: An Experimental Study of Tie-Breaks and Bid-Caps in All-Pay Auctions (2016) Downloads
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