Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/27182
Authors: 
Strulik, Holger
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion papers // School of Economics and Management of the Hanover Leibniz University 372
Abstract: 
This article develops a socio-economic model that analyzes the doping decision of professional athletes. In their decision to use performance enhancing drugs athletes do not only evaluate the costs and benefits (in terms of potential rank improvement). They also take into account peer-group approval of using drugs. Peer-group approval is modelled as a lagged endogenous variable that depends on the share of drug using athletes in the history of a sport. This way, the model can explain multiple equilibria as doping cultures”. Besides the comparative statics of the equilibrium (how can a doping culture be eliminated?) the article also investigates how the doping decision is affected by standards set by the respective leader in a sport, e.g. Olympic qualification marks, and by the taste of victory, i.e. the disproportionate public veneration of winners.
Subjects: 
sport
doping
approval
social dynamics
weak athletes
superheroes
JEL: 
A13
D71
K40
L83
M50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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