When sabotage fails

Doron Klunover

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What are the chances of an ethical individual rising through the ranks of a political party or a corporation in the presence of unethical peers? To answer this question, I consider a four-player two-stage elimination tournament, in which players are partitioned into those who are willing to sabotage other players’ efforts and those who are not. I show that, under certain conditions, the latter are more likely to win the tournament.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalMathematical Social Sciences
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Contests
  • Ethical behavior
  • Hierarchical organizations
  • Sabotage
  • Tournaments


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