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Handbook on the Economics of Women in Sports

Edited by Eva Marikova Leeds, Professor of Economics, Moravian College and Michael A. Leeds, Professor of Economics and Director, Graduate Studies in Economics, Temple University, US
Women’s sports have received much less attention from economists than from other social scientists. This Handbook fills that gap with a comprehensive economic analysis of women’s sports. It also analyzes how the behavior and treatment of female athletes reflect broad economic forces.
Extent: 456 pp
Hardback Price: $239.00 Web: $215.10
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978 1 84980 938 2
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78254 505 7
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Women’s sports have received much less attention from economists than from other social scientists. This Handbook fills that gap with a comprehensive economic analysis of women’s sports. It also analyzes how the behavior and treatment of female athletes reflect broad economic forces.

Contributors to this volume use current theoretical models and econometric tools to examine the legal, social, and economic forces that affect the experiences of female athletes. They address such traditional topics as discrimination against female athletes and coaches and the effect of athletic events on the economies of host countries. They also apply theory and estimation to new settings, such as how women respond to tournaments in skiing and figure skating or how the growing dominance of Korean women on the LPGA tour is a form of immigration.

This groundbreaking book is a valuable resource for professors, students, and researchers in sports economics, sports management, and women’s studies.
‘Leeds and Leeds have filled a gaping hole in sports economics with this revealing collection of essays. The economics of women in sports has been too long neglected. By covering everything from women as sports spectators, to women as participants in individual and team sports at the collegiate and professional levels, to women’s sports internationally, Title IX, and women’s differential response to incentives, this volume not only demonstrates that there is much fertile ground to be studied, but also that the subject matter is both interesting and important.’
– Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College, US

‘In the Handbook on the Economics of Women in Sports, Leeds and Leeds put together an impressive list of heavy hitters in the sociology and economics literature on sports to produce a tour de force volume. The entire spectrum of international perspectives is covered, from US, Korean, and Australian sports to world competition at the highest level of the Olympics and international championships. Whether your interest is attendance at women's events, performance and rewards in women's pro sports, gender issues in US college sports, or international performance and how women compete, this handbook is a must read for any serious fan, and for all serious scholars interested in the impacts of being female on sports performance and competitiveness.’
– Rodney Fort, University of Michigan, US

‘The editors have succeeded in their aim of demonstrating interest in the application of economic analysis to explain the growing involvement of women in sport. There is a wealth of material contained in the bibliographies of the respective chapters, and the various authors have indicated how such insights can be applied in a number of different scenarios.’
– The Economic Record
Contributors: S.L. Averett, D.J. Berri, R. Booth, R.W. Brown, X. Che, D. Coates, J. Congdon-Hohman, S.M. Estelle, B.E. Fairweather, B. Frick, K.F. Gilsdorf, B.R. Humphreys, R.T. Jewell, J.-H. Kang, A.C. Krautmann, Y.H. Lee, Y. Lee, E.M. Leeds, M.A. Leeds, R. Levy, V.A. Matheson, S.S. Montgomery, I. Park, M.D. Robinson, R.M. Rodenberg, F. Scheel, S. Shmanske, J. Stull, V.A. Sukhatme, J. Treber, P. von Allmen
Contents:

Introduction: Women, Sports, and Economics
Eva Marikova Leeds and Michael A. Leeds

PART I: WOMEN AND SPORT IN CONTEXT
1. Women’s Attendance at Sports Events
Sarah S. Montgomery and Michael D. Robinson

2. Participation in Women’s Sport in Australia
Ross Booth and Michael A. Leeds

3. Individual Decision-making in a Social Context: The Sociological Determinants of Female Sports Participation
Judith Stull

PART II: PERFORMANCE AND REWARDS IN WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL SPORTS
4. Gender and Skill Convergence in Professional Golf
Stephen Shmanske

5. Gender Differences in Responses to Incentives in Sports: Some New Results from Golf
Keith F. Gilsdorf and Vasant A. Sukhatme

6. Earnings and Performance in Women’s Skiing
XiaoGang Che and Brad R. Humphreys

7. Understanding the WNBA On and Off the Court
David J. Berri and Anthony C. Krautmann

8. The Goals and Impacts of Age Restrictions in Sports
Ryan M. Rodenberg

PART III: WOMEN IN INTERCOLLEGIATE SPORTS
9. The Economics of Title IX Compliance in Intercollegiate Athletics
Susan L. Averett and Sarah M. Estelle

10. Revenues and Subsidies in Collegiate Sports: An Analysis of NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball
Robert W. Brown and R. Todd Jewell

11. The Impact of Increased Academic Standards of Proposition 16 on the Graduation Rates of Women and Men in Division IA Intercollegiate Athletics
B. Erin Fairweather

12. Gender Differences in Competitive Balance in Intercollegiate Basketball
Jaret Treber, Rachel Levy and Victor A. Matheson

13. Coaching Women and Women Coaching: Pay Differentials in the Title IX Era
Peter von Allmen

PART IV: WOMEN IN OLYMPIC AND INTERNATIONAL SPORTS
14. Gender Differences in Competitiveness: Empirical Evidence from 100m Races
Bernd Frick and Friedrich Scheel

15. Do Men and Women Respond Differently to Economic Contests? The Case of Men’s and Ladies’ Figure Skating
Eva Marikova Leeds and Michael A. Leeds

16. International Women’s Soccer and Gender Inequality: Revisited
Joshua Congdon-Hohman and Victor A. Matheson

17. The Economic Impact of the Women’s World Cup
Dennis Coates

18. An Economic Analysis of the Sudden Influx of Korean Female Golfers into the LPGA
Young Hoon Lee, Ilhyeok Park, Joon-Ho Kang and Younghan Lee

19. Media Coverage and Pay in Women’s Basketball and Netball in Australia
Ross Booth

Index