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Domestic Violence and Football in Glasgow: Are Reference Points Relevant?

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  • Dickson, Alex
  • Jennings, Colin
  • Koop, Gary

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Much research suggests that sporting events can trigger domestic violence with recent evidence suggesting that pre-match expectations (which can be interpreted as reference points) play an especially important role in this relationship. In particular, unexpectedly disappointing results have been associated with large increases in domestic violence. This paper contributes to this literature using a new data set containing every domestic violence incident in Glasgow over a period of more than eight years. We find that Old Firm matches, where Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers play, are associated with large increases in domestic violence (regardless of the timing or the outcome of the match). Non-Old Firm matches tend to have little impact on domestic violence. Furthermore, we find little evidence for the importance of reference points. Matches with disappointing outcomes, relative to pre-match expectations, are found to be associated with unusual increases in domestic violence only in a very limited set of matches.

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  • Dickson, Alex & Jennings, Colin & Koop, Gary, 2013. "Domestic Violence and Football in Glasgow: Are Reference Points Relevant?," SIRE Discussion Papers 2013-33, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    Keywords

    domestic abuse; Scottish football; Old Firm; reference points; loss aversion;

    JEL classification:

    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure

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