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The Stairways to Heaven: A Model of Career Choice in Sports and Games, with an Application to Chess

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  • Kenn Ariga

    (Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto University)

  • Giorgio Brunello

    (University of Padova, CESifo and IZA)

  • Roki Iwahashi

    (University of the Ryukyus)

  • Lorenzo Rocco

    (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.

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Paper provided by Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research in its series KIER Working Papers with number 646.

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Length: 60pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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Handle: RePEc:kyo:wpaper:646

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  1. Gerdes, Christer & Gränsmark, Patrik, 2010. "Strategic Behavior across Gender: A Comparison of Female and Male Expert Chess Players," IZA Discussion Papers 4793, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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