In their responsibility to neutrally supervise contests and enforce their underlying rules, sports referees are not a debut of modern times. The so-called “Hellanodicae” already took on comparable responsibilities in the supervision and administration of the ancient Olympic Games. Nevertheless, the economic study of referees is still in its initial stage. Up until now, merely empirical and experimental analyses studying the possibility of a referee home bias are available. This dissertation, in its prime part, thereby made the first attempt to explain the rationale behind the institution of sports referees as well as behind the potential threat that corrupt referees pose to the sports industry from a purely economic perspective.
KeywordsCriminal Code Prime Part Game Quality Corrupt Deal Sport Industry
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