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Expert opinion and compensation: evidence from a musical competition

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  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Jan van Ours

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Pianists who achieve high scores in the Queen Elizabeth musical competition are rewarded by subsequent success. This is not surprising in itself, but it is not immediately clear whether this is caused by the score or because those who have high scores are better pianists. Data on eleven consecutive competitions make it possible to distinguish between the two explanations, since an unexpected situation allows us to use an instrumental variable (the randomly assigned order in which musicians appear at the competition), uncorrelated with ability, but correlated with the results of the competition.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series ULB Institutional Repository with number 2013/1681.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Publication status: Published in: The American Economic Review (2003) v.93,p.289-298
Handle: RePEc:ulb:ulbeco:2013/1681

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  1. FLÔRES, R. G. & GINSBURGH, Jr. and V. A., . "The Queen Elisabeth musical competition: how fair is the final ranking?," CORE Discussion Papers RP -1196, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
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  3. Joshua Angrist & Alan B. Krueger, 2001. "Instrumental Variables and the Search for Identification: From Supply and Demand to Natural Experiments," NBER Working Papers 8456, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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