nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2010‒08‒21
three papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of Beira Interior and Technical University of Lisbon

  1. Country-Specific Goal-Scoring in the “Dying Seconds†of International Football Matches By Ours, J.C. van; Tuijl, M.A. van
  2. Effort in Nomination Contests: Evidence from Professional Soccer By Miklos-Thal, Jeanine; Ullrich, Hannes
  3. Sports Retailing in India: Opportunities, Constraints and Way Forward By Arpita Mukherjee; Divya Satija; Ramneet Goswami; Tanu M Goyal

  1. By: Ours, J.C. van; Tuijl, M.A. van (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)
    Abstract: This paper investigates whether there are country-specific characteristics in goalscoring in the final stage of important international football matches. We examine goal-scoring from 1960 onwards in full `A' international matches of six national teams: Belgium, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. We analyze qualifying matches for the European Championship and World Cup and the matches at the final tournaments of these two events, the Copa America and the Confederations Cup. We find that the national teams of Germany, England and the Netherlands are more likely than the three other national teams to score in the last minute { including stoppage time. However, for Germans this comes at a cost. Germany is more likely to concede a goal in the dying seconds of a match than other countries. During our period of analysis, the national teams of Brazil and Italy only conceded one goal in the last minute. As to winning penalty shootouts, Germany outperforms the other five countries.
    Keywords: football;goal-scoring;national team matches;full `A' international matches.
    JEL: J44 L83
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Miklos-Thal, Jeanine; Ullrich, Hannes
    Abstract: In most promotion and hiring situations several agents compete for a limited number of attractive positions, assigned on the basis of the agents' relative reputations. Economic theory predicts that agents' effort incentives in such contests depend non-monotonically on their anticipated winning chances, but empirical evidence is lacking. We use panel data to study soccer players' responses to the (informal) nomination contests for being on a national team participating in the 2008 Euro Cup. The control group consists of players who work for the same clubs but are nationals of countries that did not participate in the Euro Cup. We fi…nd that nomination contest participation has substantial positive effects on the performances of players with intermediate chances of being nominated for their national team. Players whose nomination is close to certain perform worse than otherwise, particularly in duels that carry a high injury risk. For players without any recent national team appearances, we fi…nd no signifi…cant effects.
    Keywords: effort incentives; contests; reputations; tournaments
    JEL: J44 D83 M51
    Date: 2010
  3. By: Arpita Mukherjee; Divya Satija; Ramneet Goswami; Tanu M Goyal
    Abstract: Sports retail is a small but fast growing segment of modern retail in India. Recently, the country has been hosting many international sports and this has given a boost to this sector. Many foreign and domestic corporate retailers have entered sports retail. Sports goods manufacturing is a focus area in the Foreign Trade Policy (2009-2014) and the government is taking a fresh look at the current foreign direct investment policy in retail. In the above context, this paper provides an overview of the sports retail sector in India. Specifically, it presents the different retail formats, consumer profile, retailers’ supply chain and sourcing. It also examines the retail and sports policies and their implications for this segment of retail, analyses the barriers faced by this sector and suggests policy reforms. [Working Paper No. 250]
    Keywords: sports retail, fast growing, international sports, domestic, corporate, Foreign Trade Policy
    Date: 2010

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