nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2006‒03‒18
one paper chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. The importance of the regional development on the location of professional soccer teams. The Portuguese case 1970-1999 By Paulo Reis Mourão

  1. By: Paulo Reis Mourão (Universidade do Minho - NIPE)
    Abstract: This work aims at testing the hypothesis “The economic development level of a region influences the presence of professional soccer teams in the country’s first league, which have their head offices in that region”. Using a rational choice model and working with binary time-series cross-section data, this work focuses on the Portuguese case, from 1970 to 1999. The results corroborate the main importance of three factors, which increase the probability that a municipality has the head office of a team that plays in the first league: the per capita revenue, the level of infrastructures and the demographic dimension.
    Keywords: Regional development; Sports; BTSCS; logit models
    JEL: R11 R33 L83
    Date: 2006

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