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Winning by Losing

Dmitry Dagaev () and Konstantin Sonin ()

Journal of Sports Economics, 2018, vol. 19, issue 8, 1122-1146

Abstract: In sport tournaments, the rules are presumably structured in a way that any participant cannot benefit by losing instead of winning. We show that tournament systems, consisting of multiple round-robin and knockout tournaments with noncumulative prizes, which are ubiquitous around the world, are generically incentive incompatible. We use our model to discuss potential remedies and applications.

Keywords: tournaments; design; rules; incentives; football (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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