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Indiana University Bloomington

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The department is home to the authors of Managerial Economics and Business Strategy and Games and Information: An Introduction to Game Theory, two of the nation’s leading textbooks in the field.

Research and Publications

Journal Articles

Contests with Rank-Order Spillovers

2012, Economic Theory

Michael R. Baye, Casper G. de Vries, Dan Kovenock

Abstract

This paper presents a unified framework for characterizing symmetric equilibrium in simultaneous move, two-player, rank-order contests with complete information, in which each player’s strategy generates direct or indirect affine “spillover” effects that depend on the rank-order of her decision variable. These effects arise in natural interpretations of a number of important economic environments, as well as in classic contests adapted to recent experimental and behavioral models where individuals exhibit inequality aversion or regret. We provide the closed-form solution for the symmetric Nash equilibria of this class of games, and show how it can be used to directly solve for equilibrium behavior in auctions, pricing games, tournaments, R&D races, models of litigation, and a host of other contests.

Citation

Michael R. Baye, Dan Kovenock, and Casper G. de Vries, “Contests with Rank-Order Spillovers,” Economic Theory, Vol. 51 (2012), pp. 315-350.

Keywords

Contests, auctions, spillovers