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Incentives and Superstars on the LPGA Tour

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  • Francisco Peschiera
  • Peter Matthews
  • Paul Sommers

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Following Ehrenberg and Bognanno (1990a, b), this paper explores the role of incentives on the 2000 LPGA Tour. Overall, it finds them to have limited effectiveness. Several possible explanations are considered, including unmeasured differences in both abilities and courses and variations in the distribution of prizes across tournaments. The existence of a “superstar effect” is also considered.

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  • Francisco Peschiera & Peter Matthews & Paul Sommers, 2002. "Incentives and Superstars on the LPGA Tour," Middlebury College Working Paper Series 0221, Middlebury College, Department of Economics.
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    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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