nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2011‒07‒02
two papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of Beira Interior and Technical University of Lisbon

  1. Team performance and the optimal spread of talent By Alex Bryson; Rafael Gomez; Kerry L. Papps
  2. Damaging the perfect image of athletes: How sport promotes envy By Jérémy CELSE

  1. By: Alex Bryson; Rafael Gomez; Kerry L. Papps
    Abstract: Alex Bryson and colleagues use US baseball data to investigate whether performance suffers if there is too wide a gap between the skills of a team's stars and the rest.
    Keywords: skill dispersion, baseball, firm performance
    JEL: L23 L25 L83 M51
    Date: 2011–06
  2. By: Jérémy CELSE
    Abstract: We explore the behavioural and affective differences between subjects practicing sport activities and subjects not practicing sport. Are athletes more distressed by unfavourable social comparisons and more prone to engage in hostile behaviour than non-athletes? Using experimental methods, we investigate the connection between sport practice and antisocial behaviour. In our experiment we capture the satisfaction subjects derive from unflattering social comparisons by asking them to evaluate their satisfaction after being informed of their own endowment and after being informed of their opponent’s endowment. Then subjects can decide to reduce their opponent’s endowment by incurring a cost. We observe that sport plays a key role on both individual well-being and behaviour: 1) sport practice amplifies the negative impact of unfavourable social comparisons on individual well-being and 2) sport practice exerts subjects to reduce others’ income. Besides the satisfaction sporty subjects report from social comparisons predicts their decisions to reduce others’ income. Finally we provide empirical evidences suggesting that envy affects significantly athletes’ satisfaction and behaviour.
    Date: 2011–06

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