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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
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)606-628
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date3/02/12
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.