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

Bryson, Alex, Frick, Bernd and Simmons, Rob (2013) The returns to scarce talent: footedness and player remuneration in European soccer. Journal of Sports Economics, 14 (6). pp. 606-628. ISSN 1527-0025

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Abstract

The authors investigate the salary returns to the ability to play football (soccer) 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, the authors find robust evidence of a substantial salary premium for two-footed ability, even after controlling for available player performance measures. The authors assess how this premium varies across the salary distribution and by player position.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jse.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2013 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
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Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 15:45
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/45612/

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