The Research Behind The Wages of Wins

Posted on July 24, 2006 by

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This past weekend we posted the following on our homepage.

Our intention with The Wages of Wins was to write a book that would be very accessible to a general audience.  For the most part the reviews of our book indicate that we were successful.  Unlike the typical book written for a general audience, though, our book is based almost entirely on material we previously published in academic journals and/or presented at academic conferences.  As we note in the book, peer reviewed academic articles are not written for a general audience.  Consequently, we suspect most of our readers are not interested in these papers.  Still, a few people may wish to know which academic article or articles served as the foundation for each chapter.  To satisfy this curiosity a new link has been added to the left side of our home page.  As the link title suggests, clicking on List of Academic Articles will take all those who are interested to a listing of the articles where much of the material reported in The Wages of Wins was initially reported. 

This list demonstrates that what we say in The Wages of Wins is not strictly the product of our efforts.  Other researchers like Todd Jewell, Aju Fenn, Bernd Frick, Roberto Vicente-Mayoral, Anthony Krautmann, Erick Eschker, Rob Simmons, and Young Hoon Lee played a role in researching the material we present.  This list is incomplete, since it ignores the anonymous referees who reviewed our work, the journal editors who agreed to publish this work, and all the economists who participated in the academic conferences where our work was presented.   As we note in the book, we certainly owe a large debt to all the people who helped us with the research we report in this book and we sincerely thank these economists for their support and assistance.

I think it is important to note all the people who play a role in our work.  We are not three economists working in isolation, but active members of the growing field of sports economics.  And as I noted a few days ago, there is much more to the field than our work.  Hopefully The Wages of Wins can do more than just bring attention to our efforts, but also the efforts of everyone looking to employ data from the world of sports to study economic phenomena.

– DJ

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