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Peltzman on Ice: Evidence on Compensating Behavior Using a Natural Experiment from Ice Hockey

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  • Alberto Chong

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    (Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University)

  • Pascal Restrepo

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    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

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We provide evidence of the Peltzman effect by tracking the professional path of each hockey player that ended up in the National Hockey League from 2001 to 2006. We take advantage of the fact that visor use has not always been compulsory throughout a player's career, which allows us to compare the change in behavior of users and non-users of visors when they are forced to use them. We find that whereas the average penalty minutes per game is 0.8, visors cause a substantial increase of 0.2 penalty minutes per game. Players become more aggressive when forced to wear a visor, partially offsetting its protective effect and creating potential spillover effects to other players.

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Paper provided by The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy in its series Working Papers with number 2011-12.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:gwi:wpaper:2011-12

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Keywords: Peltzman Effect; Ice Hockey; Compensating Behavior;

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