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The Hazards of Moral Hazard: Comment on Goff, Shughart, and Tollison

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Brian Goff, William Shughart, and Robert Tollison (1997) argue that the sharp increase in the number of hit batsmen after the adoption of the designated hitter rule is due to moral hazard. The author argues instead that simple changes in the composition of batters faced explains much of the observed effect. Pitchers are bad hitters and therefore are much less likely to be hit than their designated hitters. Furthermore, there is no correlation between the frequency with which individual pitchers hit opposing batsmen and their personal likelihood of being hit by a pitch while batting, contrary to the predictions of the moral hazard model. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Levitt, Steven D, 1998. "The Hazards of Moral Hazard: Comment on Goff, Shughart, and Tollison," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 36(4), pages 685-687, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:36:y:1998:i:4:p:685-87
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    1. Akihiko Kawaura & Sumner La Croix, 2010. "The Designated Hitter Rule in Baseball as a Natural Experiment," Working Papers 201005, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.

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