nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2005‒12‒14
one paper chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Doping in Contest-Like Situations By Matthias Kräkel

  1. By: Matthias Kräkel
    Abstract: Individuals who compete in a contest-like situation (for example, in sports, in promotion tournaments, or in an appointment contest) may have an incentive to illegally utilize resources in order to improve their relative positions. We analyze such doping within a tournament game between two heterogeneous players. Three major e.ects are identified which determine a player’s doping decision — a cost e.ect, a likelihood e.ect and a windfall-profit e.ect. Moreover, we discuss whether the favorite or the underdog is more likely to be doped, the impact of doping on overall performance, the influence of increased heterogeneity on doping, the welfare implications of doping, and possible prevention of doping.
    Keywords: contest, doping, drugs, fraud in research, tournament
    JEL: J3 K42 M5
    Date: 2005–05

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