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Decentralization and football

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  • Ignacio Lago
  • Carlos Lago Peñas
  • Santiago Lago Peñas

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We argue that decentralization of economic and political power makes a substantial difference in football. We demonstrate, with analyses of 35 European democratic countries over the period 1950–2010, that regional autonomy boosts the competition among clubs from different regions and results in a greater competitive balance of domestic football leagues. This first-moment effect creates an advantage for clubs from decentralized countries in international competitions. Evidence from the first 18 editions of the UEFA Champions League shows that clubs from decentralized countries have a greater chance of winning, or at least playing in the final, than those from centralized countries.

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  • Ignacio Lago & Carlos Lago Peñas & Santiago Lago Peñas, 2018. "Decentralization and football," Working Papers. Collection A: Public economics, governance and decentralization 1801, Universidade de Vigo, GEN - Governance and Economics research Network.
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    Keywords

    Competitive balance; Decentralization; Football; Identities.;

    JEL classification:

    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • H50 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - General
    • H62 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Deficit; Surplus

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