Adding Conditional Superannuation to the Antidoping Policy Mix

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This article introduces and then examines a novel antidoping policy mechanism, based upon a conditional superannuation fund for professional athletes. It begins by presenting a theoretical case in favor of the scheme relative to the background of current policy. Consideration is given to the utility and benefits of a conditional superannuation mechanism to augment existing antidoping policy structures. The case is developed using results from a pilot experimental economics study testing the policy proposal, which suggests that the conditional superannuation mechanism has the potential to outperform existing measures, such as fines and bans. This article offers a policy variation that could supplement the existing arrangements as a contiguous mechanism. While no single policy intervention seems plausible in fully eliminating sport doping, a combination of incentive and punitive mechanisms may yield a superior policy mix to help attenuate doping’s prevalence in elite sport. The evidence presented here within the antidoping policy context may also recommend the utility of conditional superannuation as a mechanism to address other enduring challenges in sport, such as violence, gambling, and behavioral transgressions.

Lenten is with the Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Smith is with the Institute for Sport Business, Loughborough University, London, United Kingdom. Bayer is with the School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Address author correspondence to Liam J.A. Lenten at l.lenten@latrobe.edu.au.
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