Fastest in the Pool: The Role of Technological Innovation on Swimming Record Breaks

Colorado College Working Paper No. 2011-07

18 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2011  

Claire Preston

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Daniel K. N. Johnson

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business

Date Written: August 22, 2011

Abstract

The ultimate goal of any world-class swimmer is to break a record, and technology enables that accomplishment. Using 40 years of data at the individual, national and international level, we identify the quantitative impact that innovation has had on the number of record breaks. We find small but statistically significant impacts on both the number of breaks and the interval between breaks.

Keywords: swimming, innovation, technology, record, sports, negative binomial, Poisson

JEL Classification: O3, L83

Suggested Citation

Preston, Claire and Johnson, Daniel K. N., Fastest in the Pool: The Role of Technological Innovation on Swimming Record Breaks (August 22, 2011). Colorado College Working Paper No. 2011-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1914580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1914580

Claire Preston

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

Daniel Kent Neil Johnson (Contact Author)

Colorado College - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
719-389-6654 (Phone)
719-389-6927 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://faculty1.coloradocollege.edu/~djohnson

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