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Applied Micro Workshop – Chui Yee Ho, “Does Transparency Reduce Favoritism? Evidence from a Reform in Figure Skating”

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“Does Transparency Reduce Favoritism? Evidence from a Reform in Figure Skating” I study a reform in the sport of figure skating that led to an increased transparency in the publication of results. Prior to the reform, judges’ scores were published in random order, so that the public would not know which judge gave which score. Following accusations of unfair judging in the Ladies discipline of the 2014 Olympic Games, the International Skating Union (ISU) decided to publish judges’ scores openly, starting with the 2016/17 skating season. Theoretically, the effect of the reform is unknown—while greater public scrutiny should curb nationalistic judging, the reform could also facilitate collusion amongst judges. Using data from 2013/14 to 2017/18, I find that skaters earn slightly higher scores when they have a compatriot judge on the panel. However, I find no evidence that the reform led to a change in nationalistic judging.

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When Jun 07, 2019
from 14:15 to 15:30
Where briq, Seminar Room 9/1.1, Schaumburg-Lippe-Straße 9
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