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Testing the Commitment Hypothesis in Contractual Settings: Evidence from Soccer

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  • Carbonell-Nicolau Oriol

    (Rutgers University)

  • Comin Diego

    (Harvard University)

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This paper designs and implements an empirical test to discern whether the parties to a contract are able to commit not to renegotiate their agreement. We study optimal contracts with and without commitment and derive an exclusion restriction that is useful to identify the relevant commitment scenario. The empirical analysis takes advantage of a data set on Spanish soccer player contracts. Our test rejects the commitment hypothesis. We argue that our conclusions should hold a fortiori in many other economic environments.

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  • Carbonell-Nicolau Oriol & Comin Diego, 2009. "Testing the Commitment Hypothesis in Contractual Settings: Evidence from Soccer," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, De Gruyter, vol. 5(4), pages 1-40, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jqsprt:v:5:y:2009:i:4:n:1
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    1. Andrés Picazo-Tadeo & Francisco Gónzalez-Gómez & Jorge Guardiola Wanden-Berghe, 2011. "Referee home bias due to social pressure. Evidence from Spanish football," Working Papers 1119, Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia.

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