The Returns to Scarce Talent: Footedness and Player Remuneration in European Soccer
AbstractWe 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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salary; two-footedness; premium;
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- Alex Bryson & Frick, B. and Simmons, R., 2009. "The Returns to Scarce Talent: Footedness and Player Remuneration in European Soccer," NIESR Discussion Papers 339, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
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