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An Empirical Study on Risk Taking in Tournaments

  • Christian Grund
  • Oliver Gürtler

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Individuals faced by a tournament can oftentimes not only choose their effort level, but also the risk level of their strategy. There are some theoretical contributions on risk taking in tournaments, which mainly point out disadvantages with respect to exerted effort. Empirical evidence is rare. In this paper we analyze risk taking behavior of professional soccer coaches. We find that risk taking concerning the kind of observed substitutions is, indeed, relevant. However, risk taking does not pay off.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse6_2005.

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Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse6_2005
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