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The Returns to Scarce Talent: Footedness and Player Remuneration in European Soccer

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  • Alex Bryson
  • Bernd Frick
  • Rob Simmons

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

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0948.

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  1. Nicholas Oulton & Ana Rincon-Aznar, 2009. "Rates of return and alternative measures of capital input: 14 countries and 10 branches, 1971-2005," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 28687, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  2. Urban Sila, 2009. "Can Family-Support Policies Help Explain Differences in Working Hours Across Countries?," CEP Discussion Papers dp0955, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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