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An analysis of consumer response to corruption: Italy’s Calciopoli scandal

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>02/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Issue number1
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)22-41
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date20/02/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The Calciopoli episode affecting Italian football in the 2005–6 season serves as an opportunity for an empirical investigation into consumer (fan) behavior, following league-imposed punishments on clubs whose officials were found guilty of corrupt practices.
Using a difference-in-differences estimation method, we find that home attendances for convicted teams fell by around 16%, relative to those clubs not subject to punishment.We show further that the fall in attendances resulted in non-trivial gate revenue reductions.
Our results suggest that a sizeable number of fans of the punished clubs were subsequently deterred from supporting their teams inside the stadium.