nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2019‒09‒09
three papers chosen by
Humberto Barreto
DePauw University

  1. The interdependence of domestic and international success: the case of the UEFA Champions League By Moreno-Ternero, Juan D.; Weber, Shlomo
  2. Quantifying the Intangible Impact of the Olympics Using Subjective Well-Being Data By Dolan, Paul; Kavetsos, Georgios; Krekel, Christian; Mavridis, Dimitris; Metcalfe, Renuka; Senik, Claudia; Szymanski, Stefan; Ziebarth, Nicolas R.
  3. Tracking Phenomenon of Physical Development during elementary School By Yusaku Ogura; Katsunori Fujii; Yuzuru Naito; Kohsuke Kasuya; Yuki Takeyama; Nozomi Tanaka

  1. By: Moreno-Ternero, Juan D.; Weber, Shlomo
    Abstract: This article explores interdependence of domestic and international success in sports where leading clubs enter international competitions while competing in their domestic leagues. Taking as starting point the success of Spanish football teams in the UEFA Champions League during the 2008-2018 decade, we provide a stylized game-theoretical model in which national competitions determine the level of competitive balance therein. We rationalize the hypothesis that intermediate levels of competitiveness within domestic competitions are instrumental in achieving international success.
    Keywords: competitive balance; domestic competitions; international competitions; Nash equilibrium; UEFA Champions League
    Date: 2019–08
  2. By: Dolan, Paul (London School of Economics); Kavetsos, Georgios (Queen Mary, University of London); Krekel, Christian (London School of Economics); Mavridis, Dimitris (World Bank); Metcalfe, Renuka (Swansea University); Senik, Claudia (Paris School of Economics); Szymanski, Stefan (University of Michigan); Ziebarth, Nicolas R. (Cornell University)
    Abstract: Hosting the Olympic Games costs billions of taxpayer dollars. Following a quasi- experimental setting, this paper assesses the intangible impact of the London 2012 Olympics, using a novel panel of 26,000 residents in London, Paris, and Berlin during the summers of 2011, 2012, and 2013. We show that hosting the Olympics increases subjective well-being of the host city's residents during the event, particularly around the times of the opening and closing ceremonies. However, we do not find much evidence for legacy effects. Estimating residents' implicit willingness-to-pay for the event, we do not find that it was worth it for London alone, but a modest wellbeing impact on the rest of the country would make hosting worth the costs.
    Keywords: subjective well-being, life satisfaction, happiness, intangible effects, Olympic Games, sport events, quasi-natural experiment
    JEL: I30 I31 I38 L83
    Date: 2019–08
  3. By: Yusaku Ogura (Graduate School of Business Administration and Computer Science, Aichi Institute of Technology); Katsunori Fujii (Graduate School of Business Administration and Computer Science, Aichi Institute of Technology); Yuzuru Naito (Graduate School of Business Administration and Computer Science, Aichi Institute of Technology); Kohsuke Kasuya (Graduate School of Business Administration and Computer Science, Aichi Institute of Technology); Yuki Takeyama (Graduate School of Business Administration and Computer Science, Aichi Institute of Technology); Nozomi Tanaka (Tokai Gakuen University)
    Abstract: The method generally used to assess motor ability in elementary school is the 10-step assessment in the new physical fitness test advocated by the by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. However, no method of assessing physical fitness and motor ability has been established that considers changes with age in schoolchildren, who are in the growth stage. Specifically, no method to evaluate physical longitudinal data for individual children has been created. In this study, we constructed an aging span evaluation chart of motor ability using the wavelet interpolation method and applied it to longitudinal development data for motor ability in the physical ability of first to sixth grade elementary school students. Motor ability tracking was then examined with the application of this evaluation method. The results confirmed that motor ability tracked closely in first to sixth grade elementary school students. Therefore, this suggests that there is a trend for individuals with high motor ability in childhood to follow the same high level course afterward. Also, children with poor motor ability in particular may need early educational attention.
    Keywords: Tracking phenomenon, Motor ability, Wavelet Interpolation Method, elementary schoolchildren
    JEL: I00 I10 I19
    Date: 2019–07

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