It’s Punch-Up Night In Canada

And you thought economics was boring. Aussie economist Andrew Leigh has a link to a great little paper about violence in ice-hockey, the key findings of which are:

  • While there’s not an explicit wage bonus for fighting, good fighters tend to be paid roughly $18,000 more per fight than non-fighters;
  • This is even higher than the observed wage bonus for good goal-scorers.

So if you want to dissuade hockey players from fighting, you’ll need to fine them at least $18,000 per fight. Or encourage them to take up curling.

Also, presented without comment: hockeyfights.com.

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