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The production process in basketball: Empirical evidence from Spanish league

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  • José M. Sánchez Santos

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    (Department of Applied Economics, University of A Coruña)

  • Pablo Castellanos García
  • Jesus A. Dopico Castro
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    The main objective of this paper is to provide an empirical assessment of the production process in a basketball team. We estimate a logit model in which the output produced by a team is the game outcome (win or loss) and the inputs are those play characteristics that impact on that outcome. From the results obtained it is clear that, on average, there is a substantial difference between the impact of each play characteristic on a basketball team’s winning probability and that probability varies as the quality/quantity of the inputs used changes, albeit not proportionally.

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    Paper provided by International Association of Sports Economists in its series IASE Conference Papers with number 0628.

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    Length: 26 pages
    Date of creation: May 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:spe:cpaper:0628

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    Keywords: sports economics; team sport; professional basketball; productive process; logit model;

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