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Title:The stairways to heaven: a model of career choice in sports and games, with an application to chess PDF Logo
Authors:Ariga, Kenn
Brunello, Giorgio
Iwahashi, Roki
Rocco, Lorenzo
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3327
Abstract:We model individual careers in sports and games from initial entry to eventual exit or success as a discrete-choice, finite-horizon optimization problem. We apply this model to the international game of chess and study cross-country differences in the relative success of players. While we find no evidence that the players in our sample from the ex-Warsaw Pact are more talented than European and American players, there is evidence that they face lower training costs.
Subjects:Occupational choice
sports and games
JEL:J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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