Doping in sport: an economic analysis

Mohan, Vijay, Ng, Mirabelle and Hazari, Bharat 2005, Doping in sport: an economic analysis, Arthaniti, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 54-70.

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Title Doping in sport: an economic analysis
Author(s) Mohan, Vijay
Ng, Mirabelle
Hazari, Bharat
Journal name Arthaniti
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 54
End page 70
Publisher Department of Economics, University of Calcutta
Place of publication Calcutta, India
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0976-7479
Keyword(s) doping
anti-doping regulation
risk aversion
risk neutrality
Summary This paper examines the impact of various regulatory policies on the decision to dope by athletes. The analysis suggests that punishment schemes involving lump-sum fines and bans, which are commonly used to control doping, create biases, and do not achieve their goal of levelling the playing field. Under plausible assumptions, these schemes are more likely to control doping for risk averse athletes compared to risk neutral ones, poorer athletes compared to their wealthier counterparts, and athletes with high earning potentials relative to those with lower potential. A marginal penalty scheme where athletes are fined based on the quantity of dope detected eliminates these biases, and emerges as a superior policy for levelling the playing field.
Language eng
Field of Research 140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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