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CInSt Research Seminar "Hunting for the discouragement effect in contests": Mikhail Drugov (New Economic School)

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Mikhail Drugov (New Economic School) is going to present his paper: "Hunting for the discouragement effect in contests" on regular CInSt research seminar on November, 26

Abstract
The “discouragement effect” (DE) is mentioned routinely as a reason for why heterogeneity is detrimental for incentives in contests. It serves as a theoretical argument for various policies aimed at homogenizing contestants. We show that, at least in static contests, the DE has no robust theoretical foundation. We divide widely used contest models into two classes. In the first class, heterogeneity either decreases or increases aggregate effort. In the second class, the effect of heterogeneity depends crucially on how it is defined. Hence, the DE cannot serve as a go-to argument for why heterogeneity in contests is undesirable.

Time: 18:10-19:30 (UTC+3).  
Location: Online in Zoom
Working language: English.    
The link to join Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/7488279147
Here is the instruction about how to join the seminar in  Zoom: https://cinst.hse.ru/en/news/350230570.html

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