Dmitry Dagaev, Konstantin Sonin, 10 October 2013

The rules of sports are complex and involve the interaction of many self-interested agents. This column uses game theory to analyse the rules of the qualification tournament in the UEFA zone for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It shows that cases could arise where a team would have to avoid winning to advance. It also lays out the general intuition for thinking about how rules misalign incentives in sport tournaments.

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