When pressure sinks performance: evidence from diving competitions
Tournaments are designed to enhance participants’ effort and productivity. However, ranking near the top may increase psychological pressure and reduce performance. We empirically study the impact of interim rank on performance using data from international diving tournaments. We find that competitors systematically underperform when ranked closer to the top, despite higher incentives to perform well.
17 April 2015 Paper Number CEPDP1345
This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Growth programme.