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The shape of success: estimating contest success functions in sports

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  • Thomas Peeters

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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 ?nd that Tullock CSFs based on relative efforts fit the data better than Hirshleifer CSFs based on absolute effort differences.

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  • Thomas Peeters, 2011. "The shape of success: estimating contest success functions in sports," Working Papers 1108, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.
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    contests; contest success functions; sports;

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

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