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The influence of a leader and social interaction on attendance: The case of the Japanese professional baseball league, 1952-2003


  • Yamamura, Eiji
  • Shin, Inyong


This paper explores how an early leader's choices influence later followers' choices via social interaction, and to what extent this sequential behavior enhances industrial development by using the long-term data of Japanese professional baseball. Major findings make it evident that the "Leader" team regarded as an entrepreneur has the positive impact on other teams through social interaction. That is, the leader triggers industrial development and social interaction plays a crucial role in instigating it.

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  • Yamamura, Eiji & Shin, Inyong, 2008. "The influence of a leader and social interaction on attendance: The case of the Japanese professional baseball league, 1952-2003," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 37(4), pages 1412-1426, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:37:y:2008:i:4:p:1412-1426

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    1. Michael A. Leeds & Sumi Sakata, 2012. "Take Me Out to the Yakyushiai," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 13(1), pages 34-52, February.
    2. Yamamura, Eiji, 2014. "Identity, Nostalgia and Happiness among Migrants: The Case of the Kōshien High School Baseball Tournament in Japan," MPRA Paper 53776, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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