Bryson, Alex, Frick, Bernd and Simmons, Rob (2009) The returns to scarce talent: footedness and player remuneration in European soccer. CEP discussion paper, no. 948. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
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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:||Salary; two-footedness; premium|
|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:||Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
|Identification Number:||no. 948|
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