In a series of experiments we show that people learn to play the efficient outcome in an open-ended rent-seeking game. This result persists despite quite different experiment environments and settings, like different propensities of competition, group sizes etc., and is interpretable as a resolution of the so-called Tullock paradox which states that real-world rent-seeking expenditures are much lower than what the standard rent-seeking model predicts.

Vogt, Carsten, Joachim Weimann und Chun-Lei Yang (2002), Efficient rent-seeking in experiment, Public Choice 110, 67-78.


Vogt, Carsten
Weimann, Joachim
Yang, Chun-Lei


Rent Seeking, Public Choice, experimental economics