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Talent, Past Consumption and/or Popularity - Are German Soccer Celebrities Rosen or Adler Stars?

Egon Franck () and Stephan Nuesch ()

No 43, Working Papers from University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU)

Abstract: Based on the competing theories of superstar formation proposed by Rosen (1981) and Adler (1985) it is controversial if firsthand observable talent or other factors like past consumption and popularity influence stardom. This article investigates the emergence of superstars in German soccer. We use data on market values and individual player performance and publicity data to differentiate between Rosen’s and Adler’s theory of superstar formation. Running quantile regression we find evidence that Adler’s theory applies to German soccer stars.

Keywords: superstars; soccer; talent; popularity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J44 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005, Revised 2006
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