nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2022‒06‒27
three papers chosen by
Humberto Barreto
DePauw University

  1. Football, alcohol and domestic abuse By Ria Ivandic; Tom Kirchmaier; Neus Torres-Blas
  2. Sequential Elimination Contests with All-Pay Auctions By Fupeng Sun; Yanwei Sun; Chiwei Yan; Li Jin
  3. Do women shy away from risky skill games? By Lambrecht, Marco; Oechssler, Jörg

  1. By: Ria Ivandic; Tom Kirchmaier; Neus Torres-Blas
    Abstract: We study the role of alcohol and emotions in explaining the dynamics in domestic abuse following major football games. We match confidential and uniquely detailed individual call data from Greater Manchester with the timing of football matches over a period of eight years to estimate the effect on domestic abuse. We first observe a 5% decrease in incidents during the 2-hour duration of the game suggesting a substitution effect of football and domestic abuse. However, following the initial decrease, after the game, domestic abuse starts increasing and peaks about ten hours after the game, leading to a positive cumulative effect. We find that all increases are driven by perpetrators that had consumed alcohol, and when games were played before 7pm. Unexpected game results are not found to have a significant effect.
    Keywords: domestic abuse, crime, football, alcohol
    Date: 2021–07–04
  2. By: Fupeng Sun; Yanwei Sun; Chiwei Yan; Li Jin
    Abstract: By modeling contests as all-pay auctions, we study two-stage sequential elimination contests (SEC) under incomplete information, where only the players with top efforts in the first stage can proceed to the second and final stage to compete for prizes. Players have privately held type/ability information that impacts their costs of exerting efforts. We characterize players' Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium strategies and discover a somewhat surprising result: all players exert weakly lower efforts in the final stage of the SEC compared to those under a one-round contest, regardless of the number of players admitted to the final stage. This result holds under any multi-prize reward structure, any type distribution and cost function. As a consequence, in terms of the expected highest effort or total efforts of the final stage, the optimal SEC is equivalent to a one-round contest by letting all players proceed to the final stage.
    Date: 2022–05
  3. By: Lambrecht, Marco; Oechssler, Jörg
    Abstract: A risky skill game is a game in which skill plays an important role but outcomes are also strongly influenced by random factors. Examples are poker or blackjack but also many economic activities like trading on financial markets. In an online experiment we let subjects choose how often they want to play a risky skill game. We find that women play only half as many rounds in risky skill games if the influence of chance is large. There is no gender difference if the influence of chance is small or if outcomes depend exclusively on chance.
    Keywords: gender; risk; competitiveness
    Date: 2022–06–10

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