nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2018‒02‒05
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. We argue that decentralization of economic and political power makes a substantial difference in football. We demonstrate, with analyses of 35 European democratic countries over the period 1950–2010, that regional autonomy boosts the competition among clubs from different regions and results in a greater competitive balance of domestic football leagues. This first-moment effect creates an advantage for clubs from decentralized countries in international competitions. Evidence from the first 18 editions of the UEFA Champions League shows that clubs from decentralized countries have a greater chance of winning, or at least playing in the final, than those from centralized countries. By Ignacio Lago; Carlos Lago Peñas; Santiago Lago Peñas
  2. Ex-ante and ex-post willingness-to-pay for hosting a major cycling event By de Boer, Willem I.J.; Koning, Ruud H.; Mierau, Jochen O.

  1. By: Ignacio Lago; Carlos Lago Peñas; Santiago Lago Peñas
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyse fiscal policy in former Yugoslavian countries over the period 2001–2014. The contribution of the paper is threefold. First, we build a homogenous database to describe the evolution of main fiscal aggregates in each country, using the same analytical structure. Second, we analyse national tax structures to find if common patterns are still present, or if they have evolved in different ways over time. Third, we pool data to analyse and compute the cyclical sensitivity of budget balance, taxes and expenditure to the output gap. Our results show that tax structures are still similar and that economic cycle is very relevant to explain the dynamics of deficit and expenditure, but not revenues.
    Keywords: Competitive balance, Decentralization, Football, Identities.
    JEL: H30 H50 H62
    Date: 2018–01
  2. By: de Boer, Willem I.J.; Koning, Ruud H.; Mierau, Jochen O. (Groningen University)
    Date: 2017

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