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The Influence of Social Pressure and Nationality on Individual Decisions: Evidence from the Behaviour of Referees

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  • Peter Dawson

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    (Department of Economics and International Development, University of Bath)

  • Stephen Dobson

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    (Nottingham Trent University)

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This study considers the influences on agents’ decisions in an international context. Using data from five seasons of European cup matches it is found that football referees favour home teams when awarding yellow and red cards. Previous research on referee decisions in national leagues has identified social pressure as a key reason for favouritism. While social pressure is also found to be an important influence in this study, the international context reveals that referee decisions are also influenced by the nationality of the referee and club, and the reputation of the league.

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Paper provided by International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists in its series Working Papers with number 0809.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2008
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Handle: RePEc:spe:wpaper:0809

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Keywords: social pressure; decision-making; referee behaviour; home bias; football;

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  1. Michela Ponzo & Vincenzo Scoppa, 2014. "Does The Home Advantage Depend On Crowd Support? Evidence From Same-Stadium Derbies," Working Papers 201402, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica).
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  6. Pawlowski, Tim & Downward, Paul & Rasciute, Simona, 2014. "Does national pride from international sporting success contribute to well-being? An international investigation," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 121-132.

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