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Type: Journal article
Title: Adding conditional superannuation to the antidoping policy mix
Author: Lenten, L.J.A.
Smith, A.C.T.
Bayer, R.C.
Citation: Journal of Sport Management, 2017; 31(6):591-604
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 0888-4773
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Liam J.A. Lenten, Aaron C.T. Smith, Ralph-Christopher Bayer
Abstract: This article introduces and then examines a novel antidoping policy mechanism, based upon a conditional superannuation fund for professional athletes. It begins by presenting a theoretical case in favor of the scheme relative to the background of current policy. Consideration is given to the utility and benefits of a conditional superannuation mechanism to augment existing antidoping policy structures. The case is developed using results from a pilot experimental economics study testing the policy proposal, which suggests that the conditional superannuation mechanism has the potential to outperform existing measures, such as fines and bans. This article offers a policy variation that could supplement the existing arrangements as a contiguous mechanism. While no single policy intervention seems plausible in fully eliminating sport doping, a combination of incentive and punitive mechanisms may yield a superior policy mix to help attenuate doping’s prevalence in elite sport. The evidence presented here within the antidoping policy context may also recommend the utility of conditional superannuation as a mechanism to address other enduring challenges in sport, such as violence, gambling, and behavioral transgressions.
Keywords: Decision making; elite sport; performance-enhancing drugs; policy implementation; sport economics
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.1123/jsm.2017-0063
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