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Officials and Home Advantage

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  • James Reade

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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 & Management Discussion Papers em-dp2018-01, Henley Business School, Reading University.
  • 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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    Keywords

    home advantage; contests; sport;

    JEL classification:

    • 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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