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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, no. 948. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: no. 948

Abstract

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)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2009 The authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
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: 14 Nov 2012 10:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/27784

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