Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2008.05.006
Title: The beauty of "bigness": On optimal design of multi-winner contests
Authors: Fu, Q. 
Lu, J.
Keywords: Effort
Increasing-return-to-scale
Multiple-winner contests
Replication
Uneven partition
Issue Date: 2009
Source: Fu, Q., Lu, J. (2009). The beauty of "bigness": On optimal design of multi-winner contests. Games and Economic Behavior 66 (1) : 146-161. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2008.05.006
Abstract: This paper examines the variation in total effort expended by participants when prizes are awarded in a grand contest as opposed to a number of subcontests. When contestants are homogeneous, under a mild and plausible condition (regular contest technology), a grand contest generates more effort than any set of subcontests. When no restrictions are placed on the contest technology, the results further demonstrate an "increasing-return-to-scale" property such that each individual responds to a proportional increase in the number of contestants and the number of each prize by increasing individual effort. Therefore, when a collection of identical subcontests forms a grand contest, the total effort always increases and the grand contest leads to a higher rent-dissipation rate. Our results apply to a wide variety of competitive activities, such as high-profile sports (e.g., diving and gymnastics in the Olympic Games), the internal labor market and the "quota" system for public resource allocation. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Games and Economic Behavior
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/44277
ISSN: 08998256
DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2008.05.006
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