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The returns to scarce talent: footedness and player renumeration in European soccer

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Sports Economics
Issue number6
Volume14
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)606-628
Publication statusPublished
Early online date3/02/12
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The authors investigate the salary returns to the ability to play football (soccer) 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, the authors find robust evidence of a substantial salary premium for two-footed ability, even after controlling for available player performance measures. The authors assess how this premium varies across the salary distribution and by player position.