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Incentives and Outcomes in a Strategic Setting: The 3-Points-for-a-Win System in Soccer
Economic Inquiry
  • Giancarlo Moschini, Iowa State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Submitted Manuscript
Publication Date
1-1-2010
DOI
10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00177.x
Abstract
I exploit a major structural change that has occurred in world soccer to study the impact of incentives on outcomes in a strategic setting. A game-theoretic model is developed that captures some essential strategic elements of soccer vis-à-vis the number of points awarded to a win. The observable implications of the model are tested using a large data set that spans 30 years and 35 countries. The empirical results support the theoretical model and show that the 3-point system has led to a statistically significant increase in the expected number of goals and a decrease in the fractions of drawn matches
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This is a working paper of an article from Economic Inquiry 48 (2010): 65, doi: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2008.00177.x.

Citation Information
Giancarlo Moschini. "Incentives and Outcomes in a Strategic Setting: The 3-Points-for-a-Win System in Soccer" Economic Inquiry Vol. 48 Iss. 1 (2010) p. 65 - 79
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/giancarlo-moschini/75/