Alexander Krumer

Faculty of Business Administration and Social Sciences
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I received my PhD in Economics at Ben Gurion University in Israel under the supervision of Prof. Aner Sela and Prof. Oscar Volij. Between 2015-2018 I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW) chaired by Prof. Dr. Michael Lechner at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

My main research interests are sports economics, contest theory behavioral economics and operational research. In my research I have used theoretical and empirical approaches. My area of theoretical research involves modelling of multi-stage contests by means of winner-take-all models in general and all-pay structures in particular.

Based on my knowledge on contest theory, I empirically test some theoretical predictions about human’s behavior in high stakes situations in real tournament settings. I am also very interested in studying organizational issues in tournaments such as the effect of scheduling on performance.

I have used different sports to study human’s behavior. In particular in my empirical studies I have used data on soccer, biathlon, judo, tennis, wrestling, gymnastics, ski jumping and others.

I have used sports related research questions in all my papers that were published in journals like European Journal of Operational ResearchEuropean Economic Review, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Law Economics and Organization, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental EconomicsJournal of Economic Psychology, Social Choice and Welfare, Theory and Decision, Judgment and Decision Making, Journal of Sports Economics and European Sport Management Quarterly.

In addition, I serve as an associate editor in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

In 2014, I was awarded as a "Winner of the 2014 Wingate Congress of Exercise and Sport Sciences Young Researcher's Award". In addition, I won a competitive International Postdoctoral Fellowship of the University of St. Gallen (approx. 300,000 CHF). Finally, several of my studies were covered by international media (Times, Harvard Business Review, ABC News, BBC, Daily Mail, Yahoo, etc…).

You can find an additional information on my website.



  • Haugen, Kjetil K. & Krumer, Alex (2021). On the importance of tournament design in sports management : evidence from the UEFA Euro 2020 qualification, In Vanessa Ratten (ed.),  Innovation and entrepreneurship in sport management.  Edward Elgar Publishing.  ISBN 978-1-78347-394-6.  Chapter 3.  s 22 - 35
  • Krumer, Alex (2021). Discouragement effect and alternative formats to increase suspense in professional biathlon. European Sport Management Quarterly.  ISSN 1618-4742. . doi: 10.1080/16184742.2020.1868547 Show summary
  • Bar-Eli, Michael; Krumer, Alex & Morgulev, Elia (2020). Ask not what economics can do for sports - ask what sports can do for economics. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.  ISSN 2214-8043.  89(December), s 1- 5 . doi: 10.1016/j.socec.2020.101597 Show summary
  • Goller, Daniel & Krumer, Alex (2020). Let's meet as usual : Do games played on non-frequent days differ? : Evidence from top European soccer leagues. European Journal of Operational Research.  ISSN 0377-2217.  286(2), s 740- 754 . doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2020.03.062 Show summary
  • Joustra, Sanne J.; Koning, Ruud H. & Krumer, Alex (2020). Order effects in elite gymnastics. De Economist.  ISSN 0013-063X.  169, s 21- 35 . doi: 10.1007/s10645-020-09371-0 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex (2020). Pressure versus ability : evidence from penalty shoot-outs between teams from different divisions. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.  ISSN 2214-8043.  89(December), s 1- 6 . doi: 10.1016/j.socec.2020.101578 Show summary
  • Harb-Wu, Ken & Krumer, Alex (2019). Choking under pressure in front of a supportive audience : evidence from professional biathlon. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.  ISSN 0167-2681.  166, s 246- 262 . doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2019.09.001 Show summary
  • Iqbal, Hamzah & Krumer, Alex (2019). Discouragement effect and intermediate prizes in multi-stage contests : evidence from Davis Cup. European Economic Review.  ISSN 0014-2921.  118(September), s 364- 381 . doi: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2019.06.001 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex (2019). Testing the effect of kick-off time in the UEFA Europa League. European Sport Management Quarterly.  ISSN 1618-4742.  20(2), s 225- 238 . doi: 10.1080/16184742.2019.1598456 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex; Megidish, Reut & Sela, Aner (2019). The optimal design of round-robin tournaments with three players. Journal of Scheduling.  ISSN 1094-6136.  23(3), s 379- 396 . doi: 10.1007/s10951-019-00624-8 Show summary
  • Cohen-Zada, Danny; Krumer, Alex & Shapir, Offer Moshe (2018). Testing the effect of serve order in tennis tiebreak. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.  ISSN 0167-2681.  146(February), s 106- 115 . doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.12.012 Show summary
  • Elaad, Guy; Krumer, Alex & Kantor, Jeffrey (2018). Corruption and sensitive soccer games : cross-country evidence. Journal of Law, Economics & Organization.  ISSN 8756-6222.  34(3), s 364- 394 . doi: 10.1093/jleo/ewy013 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex & Lechner, Michael (2018). Midweek effect on soccer performance : evidence from the German bundesliga. Economic Inquiry.  ISSN 0095-2583.  56(1), s 193- 207 . doi: 10.1111/ecin.12465 Show summary
  • Cohen-Zada, Danny; Krumer, Alex; Rosenboim, Mosi & Shapir, Offer Moshe (2017). Choking under pressure and gender : evidence from professional tennis. Journal of Economic Psychology.  ISSN 0167-4870.  61(August), s 176- 190 . doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2017.04.005 Show summary
  • Cohen-Zada, Danny; Krumer, Alex & Shtudiner, Ze'ev (2017). Psychological momentum and gender. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.  ISSN 0167-2681.  135(March), s 66- 81 . doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.01.009 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex (2017). On winning probabilities, weight categories, and home advantage in professional judo. Journal of Sports Economics.  ISSN 1527-0025.  18(1), s 77- 96 . doi: 10.1177/1527002514560576 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex & Lechner, Michael (2017). First in first win : evidence on schedule effects in round-robin tournaments in mega-events. European Economic Review.  ISSN 0014-2921.  100(November), s 412- 427 . doi: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2017.09.006 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex; Megidish, Reut & Sela, Aner (2017). First-mover advantage in round-robin tournaments. Social Choice and Welfare.  ISSN 0176-1714.  48(3), s 633- 658 . doi: 10.1007/s00355-017-1027-y Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex; Megidish, Reut & Sela, Aner (2017). Round‐robin tournaments with a dominant player. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics.  ISSN 0347-0520.  119(4), s 1167- 1200 . doi: 10.1111/sjoe.12204 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex; Rosenboim, Mosi & Shapir, Offer Moshe (2016). Gender, competitiveness, and physical characteristics : evidence from professional tennis. Journal of Sports Economics.  ISSN 1527-0025.  17(3), s 234- 259 . doi: 10.1177/1527002514528516 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex (2015). The order of games in a best-of-three contest. Journal of Sports Economics.  ISSN 1527-0025.  16(2), s 185- 200 . doi: 10.1177/1527002512471537 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex (2013). Best-of-two contests with psychological effects. Theory and Decision.  ISSN 0040-5833.  75(1), s 85- 100 . doi: 10.1007/s11238-012-9313-8 Show summary
  • Krumer, Alex; Shavit, Tal & Rosenboim, Mosi (2011). Why do professional athletes have different time preferences than non-athletes?. Judgment and decision making.  ISSN 1930-2975.  6(6), s 542- 551 Show summary

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