Affirmative action in contest games

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Abstract

This paper analyzes the incentive effects of affirmative action in competitive environments. Competition is between heterogeneous players in a contest game where heterogeneity might be due to past discrimination. Two policy options are analyzed that tackle the underlying asymmetry: either it is ignored and the contestants are treated equally, or affirmative action is implemented to neutralize the disadvantages of discriminated players. Comparing the induced effort exertion under the two policies reveals that in a two-player contest game the normative neutralization objective of affirmative action coincides with higher effort exertion. However, in the multi-player contest affirmative action might have adverse incentive effects as the participation of additional weak players detrimentally affects effort incentives of other players. These results also obtain under imperfect information of the contest organizer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-118
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date8 Jul 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Affirmative action
  • Asymmetric contest
  • Discrimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Political Science and International Relations

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