We prove the existence of a behavioral-strategy Bayesian Nash equilibrium in contests where each contestant’s probability to win is continuous in efforts outside the zero-effort profile, monotone in his own effort, and greater that 1/2 if that contestant is the only one exerting positive effort. General type spaces, and in particular a continuum of information types, are allowed. As a corollary, the existence of a pure-strategy Bayesian Nash equilibrium is established in generalized Tullock contests, where the probability to win is strictly concave in one’s own effort for any non-zero effort profile of other players.
- Absolute continuity of information
- Bayesian Nash equilibrium
- Continuum of types
- Equilibrium existence
- Tullock lottery
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics