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Age and Performance Under Pressure

Harold O. Fried and Loren W. Tauer

in The Oxford Handbook of Sports Economics

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387780
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195387780.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Age and Performance Under Pressure

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This article explores how well an individual manages his or her own talent to achieve high performance in an individual sport. Its setting is the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). The order-m approach is explained. Additionally, the data and the empirical findings are presented. The inputs measure fundamental golfing athletic ability. The output measures success on the LPGA tour. The correlation coefficient between earnings per event and the ability to perform under pressure is 0.48. The careers of golfers occur on the front end of the age distribution. There is a classic trade-off between the inevitable deterioration in the mental ability to handle the pressure and experience gained with time. The ability to perform under pressure peaks at age 37.

Keywords: Ladies Professional Golf Association; age; performance; athletic ability; mental ability; pressure

Article.  7859 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Industry Studies ; Labour and Demographic Economics

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