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Fans and Match Results: Evidence From a Natural Experiment in Brazil

Carlos Alberto Belchior

Journal of Sports Economics, 2020, vol. 21, issue 7, 663-687

Abstract: This paper assesses the effect of the crowd size on home team advantage, using a natural experiment occurred in Brazilian football. In 2015, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) quasi-randomly assigned games to be played under an alternative schedule on Sundays at 11 a.m. This measure significantly increased attendance in assigned games. Using this alternative schedule as an instrumental variable, we show that the exogenous increase in attendance did not increase home team advantage.

Keywords: home team advantage; crowd size; natural experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1177/1527002520930812

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