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The Impact of Psychological Pressure and Psychological Traits on Performance – Experimental Evidence of Penalties in Handball

Christoph Buehren () and Lisa Traeger ()
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Christoph Buehren: Clausthal University of Technology
Lisa Traeger: University of Kassel

MAGKS Papers on Economics from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung)

Abstract: Our handball penalty field experiment analyses the influence of psychological traits and pressure on individual performance in sequential tournaments. We use a short ABBA-sequence with four throws for each subject and observe an average score rate of 60% in our sample of amateur league players. On game level, we find a weak and insignificant first-mover advantage that becomes stronger and significant if we control for psychological traits and pressure. On shot level, we also find no significant first-mover advantage on average. However, confident individuals have a higher scoring rate in the role of player A and less confident individuals in the role of player B. Moreover, ceteris paribus, player A scores more goals than player B under tournament incentives. Whereas self-esteem increases the probability to throw a goal in our experiment, risk-taking reduces it.

Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2020
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cbe, nep-exp and nep-spo
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