The economics of curling

by on February 16, 2006 at 5:43 am in History | Permalink

I had many requests to blog this topic, and it is a sport in the Winter Olympics...

Google often forces you to ponder the multiple meanings of words:

It is a profile bust showing rather handsome features, full forehead, prominent eyeballs, well curved eyebrows, slightly aquiline nose, and firm mouth and chin, and it is inscribed, "Adam Smith in his 64th year, 1787. Tassie F." In this medallion Smith wears a wig, but Tassie executed another, Mr. J. M. Gray tells us, in what he called "the antique manner," without the wig, and with neck and breast bare. "This work," says Mr. Gray, "has the advantage of showing the rounded form of the head, covered with rather curling [emphasis added] hair and curving upwards from the brow to a point above the large ear, which is hidden in the other version."


The text is from John Rae, biographer of Adam Smith.  Here is the link.  Here are details on the medallion.  Here is a post on whether the sport of curling is a province of the rich.  It seems not to be.  This does not surprise me.  It is not income that holds me back.  Here are facts about curling, sometimes called "chess on ice."  Curling is the provincial sport of Sasketchewan.  Here is on how curling explains the world.

Here is a Canadian study on the strongly positive economic impact of curling.  The study confuses gross and net benefits, regional and national benefits, and nominal expenditures with real resource production, as such economic impact studies usually do.  Commit them to the flames.

1 sean February 16, 2006 at 8:42 am

The new system of scoring for ice skating would make a great study in preventing collusion.

2 Timothy February 16, 2006 at 9:21 am

Sean: Mark Thoma at Economist’s View had a post on that fairly recently.

3 Robert Schwartz February 16, 2006 at 10:35 am

Yet another reason why the winter olympics should be abolished.

4 Mark in Ontario February 26, 2006 at 10:36 pm

The obvious lack of knowledge about Curling is obvious. A sport of the rich? I don’t think so. Curling is a working man’s sport in Canada, and since there is more curler’s in Canada than any other nation, I think as a Canadian and a curler, I can make this statement. It is one of the few sports anyone can pick up, learn, and in Canda at the very least, you can try to compete at the same level as a future or current Olympian. It is probably the most democratic and honest sport vis-a-vis the original idea of what the Olympics were supposed to be about.

In short, To knock curling is not to know it, and not to know it is to be wrong in dimissing it. May you learn in the future to respect it, not to mention learn to spell Saskatchewan, a province that is as crazy for the sport as any part of Canada, but by no means unique to loving it.

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