nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2017‒04‒09
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Time To Go? Head Coach Quits and Dismissals in Professional Football By Alex Bryson; Babatunde Buraimo; Rob Simmons
  2. Video games as cultural participation: understanding games playing in England using the Taking Part survey By Borowiecki, Karol J.; Bakshi, Hasan

  1. By: Alex Bryson (University College London, National Institute of Social and Economic Research and Institute for the Study of Labor); Babatunde Buraimo (University of Liverpool); Rob Simmons (Lancaster University)
    Abstract: That football Head Coaches will be dismissed for poor performance and will quit when they have better outside options seems to be nothing more than a statement of the obvious. But owners may find it hard to distinguish poor performance from bad luck and may find it difficult to identify and attract talented managers from other clubs. Indeed, most of the literature indicates little improvement in team performance when one coach replaces another. Equally, Head Coaches may have few options to move to better clubs even when they are performing well. We identify significant differences between determinants of quits and dismissals that are largely consistent with a standard model which predicts departures occur when the value of the job match specific surplus for one or both parties falls below the value of outside options. However, dismissals and quits are more common in Italy and Spain than in Germany and France, suggesting institutions may be important. We discuss the implications of our findings in the context of principal-agent theory and the wider literature on turnover among CEOs and other corporate leaders.
    Keywords: Quits; Dismissals; Layoffs; Managerial performance; Team performance; Football; Survival analysis; Competing risks
    JEL: J23 J24 J63 J64
    Date: 2017–04–01
  2. By: Borowiecki, Karol J. (Department of Business and Economics); Bakshi, Hasan (Nesta)
    Abstract: This study addresses the important and recurring question of whether playing video games is detrimental to the socio-economic development of a person. It does this by using novel data from the Taking Part Survey in England to establish whether games playing is associated with particular socio-economic characteristics and/or other forms of cultural participation. The results do not indicate any obviously negative effects of video games playing: those who play are typically better educated and wealthier, and games players are also more likely than non-games players to participate in other forms of culture, especially through active participation. These findings are reinforced when comparing the characteristics of individuals who did and did not play video games when younger.
    Keywords: Cultural participation; consumer economics; video games; taste
    JEL: D12 J29 R12 Z11
    Date: 2017–03–28

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