'Another One Bites The Dust': Peer Effects and Motivation in High Level Performers

28 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2020

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Eren Bilen

University of South Carolina

Robert Pettis

University of Texas at Arlington

Date Written: October 20, 2020

Abstract

In this paper we investigate whether a corner assignment itself can change the odds of wins and losses. We gather information on fight statistics, bets, and fight purses for more than 4,000 fights that took place as part of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) between 1993 and 2020. By generating a panel database of fighter rankings, we find that “underdog” fighters win at a higher rate if they are assigned to Red Corner on fights they should have been assigned to Blue Corner.

Keywords: color, motivation, peer-effects, effort, bets

JEL Classification: D84, D91, G14, J0, M51, M52, Z2

Suggested Citation

Bilen, Eren and Pettis, Robert, 'Another One Bites The Dust': Peer Effects and Motivation in High Level Performers (October 20, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3715710 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3715710

Eren Bilen (Contact Author)

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Robert Pettis

University of Texas at Arlington ( email )

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