nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2015‒01‒09
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Canada at the Crossroads: Improving International Performance by Establishing a New Canadian Soccer League By Rockerbie, Duane
  2. When pressure sinks performance: Evidence from diving competitions By Eleni Garbi; Christos Genakos; Mario Pagliero

  1. By: Rockerbie, Duane
    Abstract: Canada’s national soccer team program has met with disappointing results in the qualifying rounds of play in the CONCACAF zone that lead to World Cup qualification. Canada has not appeared in the World Cup tournament since 1986 and more recent performances place Canada well down in the FIFA world rankings. Canada has not benefitted from a national soccer league since 1993 and Canadian players have difficulty finding training opportunities abroad. This paper develops an econometric model to explain a nations FIFA world points to determine the expected improvement in Canada’s FIFA world points, and subsequent FIFA world and CONCACAF rankings, by establishing a hypothetical ten-team Tier II soccer league. The model suggests that only a modest improvement could be expected since most FIFA member nations already feature at least one professional or semi-professional league of some sort.
    Keywords: Soccer, football, FIFA points, sports economics
    JEL: L83
    Date: 2014–12–01
  2. By: Eleni Garbi; Christos Genakos; Mario Pagliero
    Abstract: Tournaments are designed to enhance participants’ effort and productivity. However, ranking near the top may increase psychological pressure and reduce performance. We empirically study the impact of interim rank on performance using data from international diving tournaments. We find that competitors systematically underperform when ranked closer to the top, despite higher incentives to perform well.
    Keywords: Tournaments, incentives, choking under pressure.
    JEL: J24 L83 M52 Z13
    Date: 2014

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