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Favouritism and financial incentives: A natural experiment

Rickman, N and Witt, R (2008) Favouritism and financial incentives: A natural experiment ECONOMICA, 75 (298). 296 - 309. ISSN 0013-0427

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Abstract

Principals who exercise favouritism towards certain agents may harm those who are not so favoured. We address this issue in the context of a natural experiment from English soccer. We study the effects of professional referees on a common measure of referee bias: length of injury time in close matches. We find that referees exercised a degree of favouritism prior to professionalism but not afterwards, having controlled for selection and soccer-wide effects. We also discuss the suitability of the variable that we, and others, use to measure favouritism, noting that alternative interpretations may be possible.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an Article published in Economica, 75 (298), 296-309, May 2008. The definitive version is available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.
Uncontrolled Keywords: HOME ADVANTAGE, FAVORITISM, SPORT, BIAS, COST
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Economics
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 11:26
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:22
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/430852

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