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Schmutzler, Armin
Klein, Arnd
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Beiträge zur Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2015: Ökonomische Entwicklung - Theorie und Politik - Session: Contracts, Institutions, Tournaments C12-V3
This paper analyzes two-stage rank-order tournaments. A principal decides (i) how to spread prize money across the two periods, (ii) how to weigh performance in the two periods when awarding the second-period prize, and (iii) whether to reveal performance after the rst period. The information revelation policy depends exclusively on properties of the e ort cost function. The principal always puts a positive weight on rst-period performance in the second period. The size of the weight and the optimal prizes depend on properties of the observation error distribution; they should be chosen so as to strike a balance between the competitiveness of rst- and second-period tour- naments. In particular, the principal sets no rst-period prize unless the observations in period one are considerably more precise than in period two
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