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

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  • Alex Bryson

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  • Frick, B. and Simmons, R.

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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 National Institute of Economic and Social Research in its series NIESR Discussion Papers with number 339.

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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," NIESR Discussion Papers 347, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  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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