nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2011‒10‒15
one paper chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of Beira Interior and Technical University of Lisbon

  1. The importance of time in referee home bias due to social pressure. Evidence from Spanish football By Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo; Francisco González-Gómez; Jorge Guardiola

  1. By: Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo (Universidad de Valencia); Francisco González-Gómez (Universidad de Granada. Department of Applied Economics); Jorge Guardiola (Universidad de Granada. Department of Applied Economics)
    Abstract: This paper analyses referee home bias due to social pressure with data from the matches played in the First Division of the Spanish football league between the 2002/03 and 2009/10 seasons. Finally, our main conclusion is that the time the referee has to make a decision does affect the final outcome; while there is no referee home bias when a free kick is awarded, in the case of booking players, when the referee has more time to make a decision, social pressure can influence the final outcome in favour of the home team.
    Keywords: Social pressure; crowd effect; referee home bias; sports economics.
    JEL: L83
    Date: 2011–09–08

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