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Université de Fribourg

Nobody’s Innocent : The Role of Customers in the Doping Dilemma

Buechel, Berno ; Emrich, Eike ; Pohlkamp, Stefanie

In: Journal of sports economics, 2016, vol. 17, no. 8, p. 767-789

Customers who boycott an organization after some scandal may actually exacerbate the fraud problem they would like to prevent. This conclusion is derived from a game- theoretic model that introduces a third player into the standard inspection game. Focusing on the example of doping in professional sports, we observe that doping is prevalent in equilibrium because customers undermine an...