nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2018‒04‒30
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Is Football a Matter of Life and Death – Or is it more Important than that? By Peter Dolton; George MacKerron
  2. Effects of the three-point rule in German amateur football By Dilger, Alexander; Froböse, Gerrit

  1. By: Peter Dolton; George MacKerron
    Abstract: Football is the national sport of most of the planet. This paper examines how happy the outcomes of football matches make us. We calibrate these results relative to other activities and estimate the dynamic effects these exogenous events have on our utility over time. We find that football – on average – makes us unhappier – so why would we go through the pain of following a football team. This behavioural choice paradox occupies much of the paper so we investigate why we go on following our teams, even though matches make us more unhappy on average. We examine how much our story changes if we examine the dynamic effects of football matches over time in different hours before and after the game and the extent to which our happiness is influenced by what we would rationally expect the result to be beforehand – as based on the betting odds.
    Keywords: happiness, football, behavioural economics, irrationality, dynamic effects of outcomes, framed subjective utility
    JEL: D23 D03
    Date: 2018–04
  2. By: Dilger, Alexander; Froböse, Gerrit
    Abstract: Possible effects of the introduction of the three-point rule in 1995 are tested by using data from amateur football leagues in Germany, concretely in Westphalia. There are as expected signifi-cantly less draws and more goals since the rule change. For even amateurs follow incentives.
    JEL: L83
    Date: 2018

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