Alexander Krumer

Avdeling for økonomi og samfunnsvitenskap
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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, alpine skiing and others.

Beside my publications in Journal of Sports Economics, I have also published papers in journals like European Economic Review, Scandinavian Journal of EconomicsJournal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationJournal of Law Economics and Organization, Economic InquiryJournal of Economic PsychologySocial Choice and WelfareTheory and Decision and Judgment and Decision Making.

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.



  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • Krumer, Alex (2019). Testing the effect of kick-off time in the UEFA Europa League. European Sport Management Quarterly.  ISSN 1618-4742. . doi: 10.1080/16184742.2019.1598456 Vis sammendrag
  • Krumer, Alex; Megidish, Reut & Sela, Aner (2019). The optimal design of round-robin tournaments with three players. Journal of Scheduling.  ISSN 1094-6136.  s 1- 18 . doi: 10.1007/s10951-019-00624-8 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag
  • 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 Vis sammendrag

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