nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2006‒09‒30
two papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Benford's Law and Psychological Barriers in Certain eBay Auctions By Ocean Fan Lu; David E. A. Giles
  2. Political Discourse in Football Coverage – The Cases of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana By Andreas Mehler

  1. By: Ocean Fan Lu (Department of Economics, University of Victoria); David E. A. Giles (Department of Economics, University of Victoria)
    Abstract: Using generalizations of Benford’s Law we test for the absence of psychological barriers at various price levels in eBay auctions for professional football tickets. Our empirical results indicate that this hypothesis cannot be rejected.
    Keywords: Psychological barriers, auction prices, Benford’s law
    JEL: C12 D44
    Date: 2006–09–21
  2. By: Andreas Mehler (GIGA Institute of African Affairs)
    Abstract: Football coverage in newspapers is both an arena for and a mirror of political discourse within a society. The paper argues that discourses within football coverage referring to political issues reflect dominant – and, possibly, contesting – “truths”, which themselves are linked to power relations and political struggles within a given society. The compari-son of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, two neighbouring countries in very different conditions (particularly with regard to their historical trajectories and the degree of societal consen-sus), and more particularly, the comparison of dominant discourses on the topics of patri-otism, peace and good governance related to the World Cup qualification of both national teams supports the hypothesis of a strong context-relatedness of a politically loaded “foot-ball language”. For instance, whereas in Ghana patriotism is, when football comes in, quickly merged with pan-africanism, the Ivorian team renewed the heated political debate about “Ivorianess” by putting forward a notion of inclusive patriotism.
    Keywords: football, political discourse, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, patriotism, good govern-ance, peace
    Date: 2006–08

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