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Zuzana Janko and Janusz Kokoszewski
''An Intervention Time Series Analysis: Specialization and Competitiveness in Sports”''
( 2013, Vol. 33 No.3 )
We utilize a time-series intervention model in the spirit of Enders (1995) and ask to what extent – if any – institutional specialization improves competitiveness in sports. Specifically, we analyze the impact on the competitiveness of Polish swimmers internationally due to the establishment of high-school sport centers in late 1980's specializing in swimming. This allows us to measure the quantitative and qualitative effects of a standardized system on competitiveness. Our analysis shows that the public policy that allowed for institutional specialization had a significant short-term as well as a long-term effect. In particular, we find that implementing the policy had a long run effect of five additional Polish swimmers in the Top 25 international ranking.
Keywords: Policy Intervention Analysis, Institutional Specialization, Competitiveness.
JEL: C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General
Z0 - Other Special Topics: General
Manuscript Received : Sep 11 2012 Manuscript Accepted : Aug 29 2013

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