My ‘Big FAT Ideas’ Presentation: A ‘Super’ Drugs in Sport Policy


I made a recorded presentation on 22 March (description below) for La Trobe University’s new initiative: Big FAT Ideas – kind of like a local version of the TEDs. I centred it on some thoughts I had about anti-doping policy.

It ended up getting a good media run, with a radio interview on ABC Melbourne (774 AM, with Red Symons) on the earlier that day; and in Sopie Gosper’s Weekend Australian piece: “Super Idea to Make Drug Cheats Pay for Crimes” on Saturday 24 March.


Performance enhancing drugs are a part of professional sport and despite harsh penalties for those who are caught, the incentive to outsmart detection remains high. Applying economic theory to this problem might help us develop an effective disincentive to cheat by implementing a superannuation style delay on prize money.