Essays on strategic behaviour in games: Empirical investigation using sport data

Gauriot, Romain (2016) Essays on strategic behaviour in games: Empirical investigation using sport data. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

This thesis investigates strategic behaviour in games; it aims at identifying the causal effect of incentives and contest designs on agents’ behaviours, such as expenditure of effort and risk taking.

Career advancement, political campaign, patent races, marketing, competition for mates, warfare, and sports competition, are all examples of situations that can be described as contests. Such contests are ubiquitous in economics, and have thus attracted considerable attention from both theorist and empirical researchers. This thesis investigates strategic behaviour in games; more specifically it aims at identifying the causal effect of incentives and contest designs on the agents’ behaviours,such as expenditure of effort and risk taking. To do so, I use quasi experimental situations arising in different sports as natural experiments. This thesis consist of three essays. In the first essay I study the existence of the “winner effect” in a multi-stage contest using a large dataset of ball tracking data from tennis matches, in the second one I investigate whether professional tennis players serving behavior follows game strategic prediction, and finally I look at how individual incentives and team incentives influence risk taking in cricket.

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ID Code: 96005
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Page, Lionel & Dulleck, Uwe
Additional Information: Recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award
Keywords: Contest, Conflict, Natural experiment, Quasi experiment, Discontinuity, Game theory, Incentives, Strategic behaviour, Winner effect, Sports, ODTA
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 30 Jun 2016 01:00
Last Modified: 04 May 2017 00:23

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