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Analysis of the Efficiency of Spanish Soccer League Players (2009/10) Using the Metafrontier Approach/Análisis de la Eficiencia de los Jugadores de fútbol de la Liga Española (2009/10) mediante el enfoque Metafrontier



    () (Dpto. Economía Aplicada (Matemáticas). Universidad de Málaga)


    () (Departamento Economía Aplicada (Matemáticas), UNIVERSIDAD DE MÁLAGA, ESPAÑA.)


    () (Departamento Economía Aplicada (Matemáticas), UNIVERSIDAD DE VALENCIA, ESPAÑA.)


This paper analyses the efficiency of players in the Spanish Soccer League for the 2009/2010 season using a metafrontier version of data envelopment analysis (DEA) methodology. It is possible to apply a metafrontier approach if separate frontiers can be identified for different groups in the data set. In our case, we divide the sample of players into three groups, according to the playing position within a team, because different posi¬tions define different behaviours (technologies). These behaviours are compared against each other and globally. En este trabajo se analiza la eficiencia de los jugadores en la Liga Española de Fútbol para la temporada 2009/2010 con la metodología del Análisis Envolvente de Datos (DEA) pero en la una versión metafrontera. Es posible aplicar el enfoque de la metafrontera si para diferentes grupos del conjunto de datos es posible construir fronteras particulares para cada uno de ellos. En nuestro caso, dividimos la muestra de jugadores en tres grupos, de acuerdo con la posición de juego dentro de un equipo, debido a las diferentes posiciones definir comportamientos diferentes tecnologías). Estos comportamientos se comparan entre sí y globalmente

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  • Caballero Fernández, Rafael & Gómez Núñez, Trinidad & Sala Garrido, Ramón, 2012. "Analysis of the Efficiency of Spanish Soccer League Players (2009/10) Using the Metafrontier Approach/Análisis de la Eficiencia de los Jugadores de fútbol de la Liga Española (2009/10) mediante el enf," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 565-578, Agosto.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:30_2_9

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    DEA; Metafrontera; eficiencia; futbolistas ; DEA; Metafrontier; Efficiency; Soccer Players.;

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    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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