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Gürtler, Oliver Short-term or long-term contracts? - A rent-seeking perspective. SFB/TR 15 Discussion Paper No. 208




In this paper, .rms engage in rent seeking in order to be assigned a governmental contract. We analyze how a change in the contract length a¤ects the .rms. rent-seeking behavior. A longer contract leads to more rent seeking at a contract assignment stage, as the .rms value the contract higher. On the other hand, the contract has to be assigned less often, which of course leads to less rent seeking. Finally, a longer contract makes a possible cooperation between the .rms solving the rent-seeking problem more difficult to sustain.