Advances in the Theory and Applications of Contests and Tournaments, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336). This special issue belongs to the section "Non-Cooperative Game Theory".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2024) | Viewed by 262

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Financial Management, University of California, Merced, CA, USA
Interests: tournament theory; contract theory; economics of information; corporate governance
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The theory of contests and tournaments has come a long way over the last decade, so much so that it is now a major research branch in economic theory. The foundational theory has been enriched by analyzing optimal relative performance evaluation mechanisms under different informational and financial constraints in static and dynamic settings, using issues related to heterogeneity and group formation, as well as extensive behavioral economics issues, to name just a few domains.

This Special Issue aims at pushing the envelope forward. We encourage the submission of papers underscoring recent advances in the theory and applications of cardinal and ordinal tournaments, along with Tullock-type contests. Building on established contributions as well as on the current momentum, we are interested in new, cutting-edge applications of tournament and contest theory, with a focus on game-theoretic aspects. A few topic areas are highlighted below:

  • Prize structure and design of tournaments and contests;
  • Contests with uncertain features;
  • Dynamic tournaments;
  • Repeated, multi-battle, and nested contests;
  • Group contests;
  • Information disclosure in contests;
  • Peer effects;
  • Biased contests;
  • Conflict networks;
  • Coalition formation in contests;
  • Innovation and patent contests;
  • Rent-seeking and inequality;
  • Corporate governance and contests.

As indicated by its title, this Special Issue serves as a sequel to the successful publication of "Advances in the Theory and Applications of Contests and Tournaments" ( The preceding edition received remarkable contributions, which we are delighted to build upon in this new installment. With this in mind, we anticipate a wider reach and acceptance of intellectually stimulating works.

Prof. Dr. Theofanis Tsoulouhas
Guest Editor

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  • tournaments
  • contests
  • relative performance evaluation
  • contracts
  • economics of information
  • behavioral economics
  • experimental economics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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