The Stairways to Heaven: A Model of Career Choice in Sports and Games, with an Application to Chess

61 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Kenn Ariga

Kyoto University - Institute of Economic Research

Giorgio Brunello

University of Padua - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Roki Iwahashi

University of Ryukyus

Lorenzo Rocco

University of Padua; University of Toulouse I

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.

Keywords: occupational choice, sports and games

JEL Classification: J24, J44

Suggested Citation

Ariga, Kenn and Brunello, Giorgio and Iwahashi, Roki and Rocco, Lorenzo, The Stairways to Heaven: A Model of Career Choice in Sports and Games, with an Application to Chess. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1135903 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

Kenn Ariga (Contact Author)

Kyoto University - Institute of Economic Research ( email )

Yoshida-Honmachi
Sakyo-ku
Kyoto 606-8501
Japan

Giorgio Brunello

University of Padua - Department of Economics ( email )

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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Germany

Roki Iwahashi

University of Ryukyus ( email )

Okinawa
Japan

Lorenzo Rocco

University of Padua ( email )

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Padova, Vicenza 35122
Italy

University of Toulouse I

Place Anatole France
Toulouse Cedex, F-31042
France

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