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PLAYBOOKS AND CHECKBOOKS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ECONOMICS, OF MODERN SPORTS, S. Szymanski, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2009, 225 pages. ISBN 978-0-691-12750-7

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  • João Ramos

    (School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane QLD 4001 Australia)

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    Simon Rottenberg is credited with starting the literature on sports economics in 1956 with his analysis of major league baseball’s labour market. Over fifty years later, sports economics has evolved from the study of sports labour markets to the sophisticated use of sports datasets to test previously unexplored hypotheses in the growing fields of sportometrics and forensic econometrics (see McCormick and Tollison 1984 and Duggan and Levitt 2002). Stefan Szymanski’s Playbooks and Checkbooks gives an engaging overview of how economics can help explain the phenomenon that is modern-day professional sports which is coupled with relevant historical anecdotes.

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    Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

    Volume (Year): 39 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 467-469

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    1. Mark Duggan & Steven D. Levitt, 2002. "Winning Isn't Everything: Corruption in Sumo Wrestling," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 92(5), pages 1594-1605, December.
    2. Gary S. Becker, 1968. "Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 76, pages 169.
    3. McCormick, Robert E & Tollison, Robert D, 1984. "Crime on the Court," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 92(2), pages 223-35, April.
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