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Earnings and Performance in Women's Professional Alpine Skiing

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  • Che, XiaoGang

    () (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

  • Humphreys, Brad

    () (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

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We test the predictions of tournament theory using data from competitions in the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup. Based on data from more than 60 Giant Slalom and Downhill events held over the period 2001-2010, female professional Alpine skiers respond to tournament incentives; times in both events were faster in events with a larger spread in the prize distribution when controlling for course characteristics and the number of contestants in the race. In this setting women engage in vigorous competition in response to monetary incentives.

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  • Che, XiaoGang & Humphreys, Brad, 2012. "Earnings and Performance in Women's Professional Alpine Skiing," Working Papers 2012-22, University of Alberta, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2012_022
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    Keywords

    tournament theory; womens professional skiing;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • 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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