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Earnings and Performance in Women's Professional Alpine Skiing

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  • Che, XiaoGang

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

  • Humphreys, Brad

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

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We test the predictions of tournament theory using data from competitions in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup. Based on data from more than 60 Giant Slalom and Downhill events held over the period 2001-2010, female professional Alpine skiers respond to tournament incentives; times in both events were faster in events with a larger spread in the prize distribution when controlling for course characteristics and the number of contestants in the race. In this setting women engage in vigorous competition in response to monetary incentives.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-22.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2012_022

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