2005-08-09Buch DOI: 10.18452/3907
Fixed-Prize Tournaments versus First-Price Auctions in Innovation Contests
This paper analyzes a procurement setting with two identical firms and stochastic innovations. In contrast to the previous literature, I show that a procurer who cannot charge entry fees may prefer a fixed-prize tournament to a first-price auction since holding an auction may leave higher rents to firms when the innovation technology is subject to large random factors.
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