nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2014‒12‒08
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Did the AFL Equalisation Policy Achieve the Evenness of the League? By Virginie Masson
  2. Unemployment Duration and Sport Participation By Charlotte Cabane

  1. By: Virginie Masson (School of Economics, University of Adelaide)
    Abstract: In this paper, we investigate whether the Australian Football League (AFL) intervention policies coincided with a more even-playing field in the league, as captured by individual match margins. We find that only two out of the eight major policies implemented over the last hundred years are correlated with lower margin. All other policies are at best ineffectual, and at worst, potentially damaging to the evenness the AFL strives to achieve.
    JEL: C01 L83
  2. By: Charlotte Cabane (CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, SEW-HSG - University of St. Gallen)
    Abstract: In this study we use the German Socio-Economic Panel to evaluate the impact of leisure sport participation on the unemployment duration. The empirical literature on sport participation has focused on labour market outcomes and job quality while the impact of this activity on job search has not been studied. However, sports participation fosters socialization which, through the networking effect, accelerates the exit from unemployment to employment. Furthermore, sporty people are expected to have valuable non-cognitive skills (self-confidence, persistence, team spirit). Last, they are healthier. These hypotheses are tested using survival analysis and taking into account unobservable heterogeneity. Because other activities could lead to similar positive effects we compare them to sporting activities and still find relevant results.
    Keywords: Unemployment duration; non-cognitive skills; sport
    Date: 2013–11

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