When is a talent contest not a talent contest? Sequential performance bias in expert evaluation

Alan Collins*, Jordi McKenzie, Leighton Vaughan Williams

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study extends earlier work identifying sequence order biases in contest outcomes determined solely by popular voting. Results for different contest evaluation formats are empirically scrutinised, where both expert panel scoring and popular voting determine contest ranking. Forms of sequence order bias exist separately in the expert panel voting even though they are undertaken after each individual performance, as well as in the popular vote at the end of the contest. We suggest that the biases observed in the expert voting can be explained as a type of ‘grade inflation’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-98
Number of pages5
JournalEconomics Letters
Volume177
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Expert judgement
  • Performance evaluation
  • Sequence order bias
  • Voting

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