Bryson, Alex, Frick, Bernd and Simmons, Rob (2009) The returns to scarce talent: footedness and player remuneration in European soccer. NIESR discussion paper, no. 339. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London, UK.Full text not available from this repository.
We investigate the salary returns to the ability to play football with both feet. The majority of footballers are predominantly right footed. Using two data sets, a cross-section of footballers in the five main European leagues and a panel of players in the German Bundesliga, we find robust evidence of a substantial salary premium for two-footed ability, even after controlling for available player performance measures. We assess how this premium varies across the salary distribution and by player position.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2009 The authors|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Premium; salary; two-footed; soccer|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory|
|Journal of Economic Literature Classification System:||L - Industrial Organization > L8 - Industry Studies: Services > L83 - Sports; Gambling; Recreation; Tourism|
|Sets:||Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
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|Identification Number:||no. 339|
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