nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2008‒03‒15
two papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of the Beira Interior

  1. The Stairways to Heaven: A Model of Career Choice in Sports and Games, with an Application to Chess By Ariga, Kenn; Brunello, Giorgio; Iwahashi, Roki; Rocco, Lorenzo
  2. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the sport tourism from the perspective of romanian young adults By Meşter, Ioana; Bădulescu, Alina; Bâc, Octavian; Bâc, Dorin

  1. By: Ariga, Kenn (Kyoto University); Brunello, Giorgio (University of Padova); Iwahashi, Roki (University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa); Rocco, Lorenzo (University of Padova)
    Abstract: We model individual careers in sports and games from initial entry to eventual exit or success as a discrete-choice, finite-horizon optimization problem. We apply this model to the international game of chess and study cross-country differences in the relative success of players. While we find no evidence that the players in our sample from the ex-Warsaw Pact are more talented than European and American players, there is evidence that they face lower training costs.
    Keywords: occupational choice, sports and games
    JEL: J24 J44
    Date: 2008–01
  2. By: Meşter, Ioana; Bădulescu, Alina; Bâc, Octavian; Bâc, Dorin
    Abstract: Sport, as a passive or dynamic activity has an important role in our lives. It has become a social phenomenon. At the same time, the sporting industry represents an “economic phenomenon” generating billions of dollars every year through tickets, sponsorships and TV rights. Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Sport tourism involves traveling and visiting a destination for sporting reasons, either active or passive. The aim of our study is to analyze the importance of sport tourism for young adults in Romania. With the help of questionnaires we will try to find out the importance and the shapes sport tourism can have in the lives of students from different faculties. Additionally, our study brings an overlook on the qualitative and quantitative aspects that characterize this new form of tourism, from the young Romanian adults’ perspective
    Keywords: tourism; sport; travel; Romania; young adults. empirical survey
    JEL: C10 L83
    Date: 2008–03–11

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