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

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, 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
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sports Economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: salary ; two-footedness ; premium ; football
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 56347
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2012 10:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2014 13:23
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56347

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