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The Returns to Scarce Talent: Footedness and Player Remuneration in European Soccer

Alex Bryson (), Bernd Frick and Robert Simmons ()

CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Abstract: We investigate the salary returns to the ability to play football with both feet. The majority of footballers are predominantly right footed. Using two data sets, a cross-section of footballers in the five main European leagues and a panel of players in the German Bundesliga, we find robust evidence of a substantial salary premium for two-footed ability, even after controlling for available player performance measures. We assess how this premium varies across the salary distribution and by player position.

Keywords: salary; two-footedness; premium (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-09
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