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The returns to scarce talent: footedness and player remuneration in European soccer

Bryson, Alex and Frick, Bernd and Simmons, Rob (2009) The returns to scarce talent: footedness and player remuneration in European soccer. CEP discussion paper, 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)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: 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)
Series: Working Papers > CEP Discussion Papers
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 12:33
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 12:18

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