Group Contests with Internal Conflict and Power Asymmetry

Jay Pil Choi, Subhasish M. Chowdhury, Jaesoo Kim

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Abstract

We investigate simultaneous inter- and intra-group conflict in the shadow of within-group power asymmetry and complementarity in members' group-conflict efforts. A more symmetric group faces a higher degree of internal conflict, and might expend more effort in external conflict when the group-conflict effort technology is highly complementary. Depending on the degree of complementarity, the stronger player's relative contribution to external conflict might be higher in a more asymmetric group and, as a result, it is possible for the weaker player to earn a higher payoff. In the absence of any complementarity, the rent-dissipation is non-monotonic with the within-group power asymmetry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816–840
Number of pages25
JournalScandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume118
Issue number4
Early online date22 Apr 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Asymmetry
  • collective action
  • conflict
  • group contest
  • C72
  • D72
  • D74
  • H41

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