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Spillovers, Complementarities, and Sorting in Labor Markets with an Application to Professional Sports

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  • Todd D. Kendall

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    (The John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University)

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    Spillovers to productivity across workers may exist when workers produce in teams. Under certain conditions, these spillovers may cause a worker's marginal product to differ across different firms. Empirical examination of professional basketball finds significant spillovers to offensive productivity but finds relatively little evidence for market sorting based on spillovers. Thus, while teammate composition is important to a player's success, there is no evidence for complementarity.

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    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 70 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 (October)
    Pages: 389-402

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    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:70:2:y:2003:p:389-402

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    Cited by:
    1. Egon Franck & Stephan NŸesch, 2008. "The Effect of Talent Disparity on Team Performance in Soccer," Working Papers 0021, University of Zurich, Center for Research in Sports Administration (CRSA), revised 2009.
    2. J. Alverez & David Forrest & I. Sanz & J. D. Tena, 2008. "Impact of Importing Foreign Talent on Performance Levels of Local Co-workers," IASE Conference Papers 0823, International Association of Sports Economists.
    3. Gould, Eric D. & Winter, Eyal, 2007. "Interactions Between Workers and the Technology of Production: Evidence from Professional Baseball," IZA Discussion Papers 3096, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Papps, Kerry L. & Bryson, Alex & Gomez, Rafael, 2011. "Heterogeneous worker ability and team-based production: Evidence from major league baseball, 1920-2009," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 310-319, June.
    5. Franck, Egon & Nüesch, Stephan, 2010. "The effect of talent disparity on team productivity in soccer," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 218-229, April.

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