That’s the ticket: explicit lottery randomisation and learning in Tullock contests

Subhasish M. Chowdhury, Anwesha Mukherjee, Theodore L. Turocy

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Most laboratory experiments studying Tullock contest games find that bids significantly exceed the risk-neutral equilibrium predictions. We test the generalisability of these results by comparing a typical experimental implementation of a contest against the familiar institution of a ticket-based raffle. We find that in the raffle (1) initial bid levels are significantly lower and (2) bids adjust more rapidly towards expected-earnings best responses. We demonstrate the robustness of our results by replicating them across two continents at two university labs with contrasting student profiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-429
Number of pages25
JournalTheory and Decision
Issue number3
Early online date14 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Experiment
  • Learning
  • Mechanism equivalence
  • Raffle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Decision Sciences(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Computer Science Applications


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