Head Starts in Dynamic Tournaments?

P Denter, Dana Sisak

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In promotion contests or other tournament-like situations, a principal may attach some value to the highest effort expended by an agent. We show that whenever agents interact over multiple periods, awarding a head start to one of them is optimal even with completely symmetric agents. Awarding a small head start increases maximum individual effort without decreasing aggregate effort.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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