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Professional team sporting success: do economic and personal freedom provide competitive advantages?

Anna Bykova () and Dennis Coates
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Anna Bykova: National Research University Higher School of Economics

Economics of Governance, 2022, vol. 23, issue 3, No 8, 323-358

Abstract: Abstract Using Major League Soccer data from 2004 to 2018 seasons as a rich dataset, this study examines the role of economic and personal freedom at subnational (state) level in determining team performance. Inspired by public economics studies and issues related with labour migration, unlike previous studies, we investigate the relationship between the quality of a state’s institutions and team (firm) outcome. Our estimates suggest that un(freedom) has statistical significant and harmful but not large impact on sports results in soccer. The magnitude of the effect depends on the initial level of team performance.

Keywords: Economic Freedom of North America; Index of Personal freedom; Team performance; Instutional quality; MLS (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D3 H3 J6 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s10101-022-00280-3

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