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We investigate how individuals react to different types of asymmetries in experimental twoplayer Tullock contests where contestants expend resources to win a prize. We compare the effects of three different sources of asymmetry: resources, abilities and possible outcomes. We find that overall competitive effort is greater in the presence of asymmetric abilities than other inequalities. Unlike other forms, asymmetry in abilities elicits a very aggressive reaction from disadvantaged playersdoi:10.2139/ssrn.3005250 fatcat:2mojmgd32rasrl46yl6ljmcudm