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Asymmetric Opportunities After an Unsuccessful Sports Career

Martin Grossmann

Journal of Sports Economics, 2021, vol. 22, issue 5, 587-612

Abstract: Contestants enter a risky contest when pursuing a sports career or choose a secure outside option. If contestants enter this contest but their sports career fails, they may have asymmetric career opportunities outside of sport. Greater opportunities reduce the risk of entering this contest. However, contestants’ incentives to exert effort decrease. Two types of equilibria exist if the initial pool of contestants is large. Either only types with high opportunities or only types with low opportunities enter the sports contest. If the initial pool of contestants is low, both types of contestants participate in the contest.

Keywords: sports career; contest; outside option (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1177/1527002521995874

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