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Home advantage revisited. Did COVID level the playing fields?

Michał Krawczyk () and Pawel Strawinski ()
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Michał Krawczyk: Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

No 2020-36, Working Papers from Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic swept fans out of the stadiums, but matches continued to be played in most major leagues. We make use of this natural experiment to investigate if home-field advantage disappears when the home team is not supported by the audience. Focusing on four top European soccer leagues, we find such an effect in the Bundesliga only. We propose this singularity may be related to the special role that the fan associations play in German football.

Keywords: soccer; home-field advantage; COVID-19; fans (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z2 I19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15 pages
Date: 2020
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