Colorado College Working Paper No. 2011-07
18 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2011
Date Written: August 22, 2011
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: 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