Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-006-8325-8
Title: Endogenous timing of contest with asymmetric information
Authors: Fu, Q. 
Keywords: Contests
Information asymmetry
Rent-Seeking
Timing
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Fu, Q. (2006). Endogenous timing of contest with asymmetric information. Public Choice 129 (1-2) : 1-23. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11127-006-8325-8
Abstract: Simultaneous moves have been conventionally assumed in modeling rent-seeking competition. However, in reality many forms of contests involve contestants sequentially choosing their effort entries. This study allows agents to choose the timing of their moves before the contest takes place. In contrast to the previous literature, we introduce information asymmetries across agents. We find that in all sequential-move equilibria, the uninformed agent moves first. More generally we show that the order of agents' moves in a sequential contest is a regularity stemming from information asymmetries. Furthermore, under plausible assumptions, sequential moves Pareto dominate simultaneous moves (from the view point of the players) and also result in lower rent-seeking expenditures. Our result explains the timing pattern in National Presidential Conventions observed from 1948 through 2004. Our result also applies to many other formal or informal institutions, which give rise to sequential contests. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006.
Source Title: Public Choice
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/44273
ISSN: 00485829
DOI: 10.1007/s11127-006-8325-8
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