nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2021‒02‒22
three papers chosen by
Humberto Barreto
DePauw University

  1. Emotions and Performance:A Quasi Natural Experiment From the FIFA World Cup By J.D. Tena; Jorge Tovar
  2. Special Ones? The Effect of Head Coaches on Football Team Performance By Bryson, Alex; Buraimo, Babatunde; Farnell, Alex; Simmons, Rob
  3. Brexit, EU and UEFA. By Aladetoyinbo, Muyiwa

  1. By: J.D. Tena; Jorge Tovar
    Abstract: Emotions are intrinsic components of human behavior that have the capacity to affect how individuals perform in their daily activities. Much of the literature has explored the topic using experimental data or, when using sporting events, focusingon pre-competition triggers. This paper uses, granular, event-level data from the 2018 FIFA football World Cup to study for the first time how observed and naturally induced emotions impact performance as measured by each player's passing ability. The quasi-natural experimental set up is rich enough to study the influence of positive and negative emotions and their duration. The paper finds that negative emotions harm performance between 3 to 9 minutes after the trigger. At the same time,there is weak evidence that positive emotions also constrain performance, but only between 6 to 8 minutes after the trigger event.
    Keywords: sports economics, workers performance, emotions
    JEL: D91 Z29 C21
    Date: 2021–01
  2. By: Bryson, Alex (University College London); Buraimo, Babatunde (University of Liverpool); Farnell, Alex (Lancaster University); Simmons, Rob (Lancaster University)
    Abstract: One expects those who lead organisations to affect their performance. If not why would organisations spend so much time and money appointing and incentivising their leaders? Yet there is little evidence establishing a causal link between leaders and organisational performance. Using game-by-game linked employer-employee data for professional football in four countries over fifteen seasons we compare the performance of teams after they have sacked their Head Coach with spells where the Head Coach remains in post. We undertake a similar exercise comparing performance after a Head Coach quits with that of teams where the Head Coach remains in post. We deal with the endogeneity of Coach departures using entropy balancing to reweight teams' performance prior to the departure of a Coach so that trends in team performance prior to the departure match spells which ended with a Coach remaining in post. Consistent with theory, Head Coach quits have little or no impact on team performance whereas teams who fire their Head Coach experience small but statistically significant improvements in team performance, although this positive impact is confined to circumstances in which a team holds onto the new Coach having sacked the previous Coach. Our results lend support to the proposition that teams can benefit from Head Coach turnover, firing them when it is optimal to do so, and replacing a Head Coach during the offseason.
    Keywords: managerial performance, team performance, football, entropy balancing
    JEL: Z22
    Date: 2021–02
  3. By: Aladetoyinbo, Muyiwa
    Abstract: In March 2017, the UK voted to leave the EU in what is now popularly known as Brexit. The decision of the UK has raised many fundamental questions about the relationship between EU law and UK football, and the participation of UK football teams in UEFA tournaments. The also paper addressed the the applicability of EU economic freedom principles to UK football.
    Keywords: Brexit,UK, UEFA, EU, FIFA, football, CJEU, economic freedom.
    JEL: F13 F15 F55 K00 K31 K37
    Date: 2019–04–18

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