A note on rent dissipation in lottery contests

Doron Klunover

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Rent dissipation is a measure of the social loss in rent-seeking contests and therefore is the main source of interest in the rent-seeking literature. We derive narrow bounds for the amount of rent dissipation in a sequential lottery contest with n identical players and show that it is larger than in the corresponding simultaneous contest. Hence, sequential moves in contests increase the social loss from rent-seeking behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-93
Number of pages4
JournalEconomics Letters
StatePublished - Jul 2018


  • Dissipation in contests
  • Lottery contests
  • Sequential contests


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