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*Samuel Haefner

Clausewitz on Auctions

*Samuel Haefner
Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel

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     Last modified: November 30, 2010
     Presentation date: 03/12/2011 2:45 PM in NH 1120, Session A
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A multi-stage model on the course of war is presented: Individual battles are modeled as private value all-pay auctions with asymmetric combatants of two opposing teams. These auctions are placed within a multi-stage framework with a tug-of-war structure. Such framing provides a microfounded rationale for the use of the popular logit Tullock contest success function in models of militarized conflicts, yields new theoretical justification for existing empirical findings with respect to war, and provides new hypotheses regarding strategic battlefield behavior.

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