The economics of the FIFA Football World Cup

Torgler, Benno (2004) The economics of the FIFA Football World Cup. Kyklos, 57(2), pp. 287-300.

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The expansion of economics to ‘non-market topics’ has received increased attention in recent years. The economics of sports (football) is such a sub-field. This paper reports empirical evidence of team and referee performances in the FIFA World Cup 2002. The results reveal that being a hosting nation has a significant impact on the probability of winning a game. Furthermore, the strength of a team measured with the FIFA World Ranking does not play the important role presumed, which indicates that the element of uncertainty is working. The findings also indicate that the influence of a referee on the game result should not be neglected. Finally, the previous World Cup experiences seem to have the strongest impact on referees' performances during the game.

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ID Code: 31732
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: SPORTS -- Economic aspects, SOCCER matches, SOCCER teams, SOCCER attendance, GERMANY
DOI: 10.1111/j.0023-5962.2004.00255.x
ISSN: 0023-5962
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Applied Economics not elsewhere classified (140299)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2010 02:23
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:22

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