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1. Nigam, Pulkit K. Essays on Asymmetric Contests and Urbanization in India.

Degree: PhD, Moore School of Business, 2019, University of South Carolina

I study asymmetric all-pay auction contests where the prize has the same value for all players, but players might have different cost functions. I allow for the cost functions to be discontinuous as long as they are right-continuous. In that setting, I determine sufficient conditions for existence and uniqueness of the conventional mixed-strategy equilibrium. Employing this framework, I discuss the implementation of a soft cap on bids and the effect that has on the conventional mixed-strategy equilibrium and players’ bidding behavior, especially with respect to a situation where there is no cap on bids. I also determine the total cost and expected aggregate bids which would influence, and also have an effect on the organizing of such contests. Drawing from the framework mentioned above, I analyze the implementation of a rigid cap on bids. Rigid cap being one which simply cannot be breached. I determine the players’ bidding behavior in the conventional mixed-strategy equilibrium and compute the total cost and expected aggregate bids in this situation. In the fourth chapter, I explore linguistic explanations for the extremely low labor mobility, but paradoxically high urban wage premium in India. I show how linguistic diversity in India hinders internal migration across state borders. I also find evidence, albeit a weak one, to show that an individual who can speak English is more likely to migrate to an urban center. I find much stronger evidence that links educational attainment with migrating to urban centers. Advisors/Committee Members: Alexander Matros.

Subjects/Keywords: Economics; Social and Behavioral Sciences; asymmetric all-pay auction; mixed-strategy equilibrium; bidding behavior; total cost and expected aggregate bids; rigid bid cap; linguistic diversity in India

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APA (6th Edition):

Nigam, P. K. (2019). Essays on Asymmetric Contests and Urbanization in India. (Doctoral Dissertation). University of South Carolina. Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/5494

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Nigam, Pulkit K. “Essays on Asymmetric Contests and Urbanization in India.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Carolina. Accessed September 20, 2020. https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/5494.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Nigam, Pulkit K. “Essays on Asymmetric Contests and Urbanization in India.” 2019. Web. 20 Sep 2020.

Vancouver:

Nigam PK. Essays on Asymmetric Contests and Urbanization in India. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Carolina; 2019. [cited 2020 Sep 20]. Available from: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/5494.

Council of Science Editors:

Nigam PK. Essays on Asymmetric Contests and Urbanization in India. [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of South Carolina; 2019. Available from: https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/5494

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