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Research Note: Brazilian Football League Technical Efficiency: A Simar and Wilson Approach


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  • Carlos Pestana Barros

    (Instituto Superior de Economia e Gesta˜o, Technical University of Lisbon Rua Miguel Lupi, 20, 1249-078 Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Albert Assaf

    (Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA)

  • Fabio Sai-Earp

    (Department of Economics, University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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    This article introduces the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) bootstrap procedure to analyze the technical efficiency of Brazilian first league football clubs. For comparison purpose the study also estimates the efficiency scores with the traditional DEA model. From the results, it is clear that there is a significant difference between the efficiency scores derived from the traditional DEA and the bootstrap DEA models. In terms of the average performance of the Brazilian league, both methods indicate that the Brazilian clubs operate at a high level of inefficiency. Factors that contributed to these results as well as other policy implications are provided.

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    Article provided by in its journal Journal of Sports Economics.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 6 (December)
    Pages: 641-651

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:11:y:2010:i:6:p:641-651

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    Keywords: football; Brazil; bootstrap; data envelopment analysis (DEA); technical efficiency;


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    1. Halkos, George & Tzeremes, Nickolaos, 2011. "A non-parametric analysis of the efficiency of the top European football clubs," MPRA Paper 31173, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Halkos, George & Tzeremes, Nickolaos, 2012. "Evaluating professional tennis players’ career performance: A Data Envelopment Analysis approach," MPRA Paper 41516, University Library of Munich, Germany.


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