Bryson, Alex and Frick, Bernd and Simmons, Robert (2013) The returns to scarce talent: Footedness and player renumeration in European soccer. Journal of Sports Economics. ISSN 1527-0025 (In Press)
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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.
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