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Doping in Sport: A Behavioural Economics Perspective

Leadbetter, Matthew (2020) Doping in Sport: A Behavioural Economics Perspective. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:79890)

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This thesis primarily aims to provide a solid theoretical understanding behind the incentive structures, decision making and rationality of athletes who decide to utilize doping decisions within a competitive sporting contest. This thesis analyzes the rationality behind eliciting a doping decision, outline a two-stage model of doping in sport in which athletes choose how much to dope and then how much effort to exert, with payoffs determined by an all-pay auction. We also show that a winner-takes-all prize structure leads to maximum effort (when effort can be monitored) but also maximum cheating when it cannot and explore the complimentary idea that people behave more dishonestly in a sporting environment than they do in other environments through theoretical and experimental analysis.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Cartwright, Edward
Thesis advisor: Cartwright, Anna
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2020 14:10 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2022 20:48 UTC
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Leadbetter, Matthew.

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