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The shape of success: Estimating contest success functions in sports


  • PEETERS, Thomas


In this note I estimate and compare Tullock- and Hirshleifer-style contest success functions (CSFs) using data from the 4 major American sports leagues. I find that Tullock CSFs based on relative efforts fit the data better than Hirshleifer CSFs based on absolute effort differences.

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  • PEETERS, Thomas, 2010. "The shape of success: Estimating contest success functions in sports," Working Papers 2010022, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ant:wpaper:2010022

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    Contests; Contest success functions; Sports;

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    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • C72 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Noncooperative Games
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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