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Officials and Home Advantage


  • James Reade

    (Department of Economics, University of Reading)


Home advantage is the observed regularity that teams in sporting events win more often than their relative quality would suggest when playing at home. We review the literature and illustrate a number of the potential explanations using a novel and huge dataset of cricket matches. Explanations for the home advantage can be summarised into four headings: crowd, familiarity, travel and rules. Evidence increasingly points towards the role that officials play, yet other explanations cannot necessarily be ruled out.

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  • James Reade, 2018. "Officials and Home Advantage," Economics Discussion Papers em-dp2018-01, Department of Economics, University of Reading.
  • Handle: RePEc:rdg:emxxdp:em-dp2018-01

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    1. Akhtar, Sohail & Scarf, Philip, 2012. "Forecasting test cricket match outcomes in play," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 632-643.
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    1. Sarah Jewell & J. James Reade & Carl Singleton, 2020. "It's Just Not Cricket: The Uncontested Toss and the Gentleman's Game," Economics Discussion Papers em-dp2020-10, Department of Economics, University of Reading.

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    home advantage; contests; sport;
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    • Z2 - Other Special Topics - - Sports Economics
    • C20 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - General
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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