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Football Economics and Policy by Stefan Szymanski

Published By: New York: St. Martin's Press, Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 978-0-230-23223-5
Date of Publication: 2010


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Reviewed by: Paola D'Orsognadone of Procura Federale, Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio and Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano of London School of Economics and Political Science
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.4.1230.r21
Review Pages: 1294-97

Book Review Abstract

Paola D'Orsogna of Procura Federale, Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio and Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano of London School of Economics and Political Science review "Football Economics and Policy" by Stefan Szymanski. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins, "Eleven previously published papers present economic analyses of policy issues surrounding European football. Papers discuss the English football industry—profit, performance, and industrial structure; the market for soccer players in England after the Bosman judgment—winners and losers; the Americanization of European football; hearts, minds, and the Restrictive Practices Court; broadcasting, attendance, and the inefficiency of cartels; a market test for discrimination in the English professional soccer leagues; the financial crisis in European football—an introduction; English football; income inequality, competitive balance, and the attractiveness of team sports—some evidence and a natural experiment from English soccer; the Champions League and the Coase theorem; and the economic impact of the World Cup. Szymanski is Professor of Economics with Cass Business School, and runs the Sports Business Network, at the City University of London. Index."


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Paola D'Orsogna of Procura Federale, Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio and Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano of London School of Economics and Political Science


JEL Classifications

J44: Professional Labor Markets; Occupational Licensing
J71: Labor Discrimination
L12: Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
L25: Firm Performance: Size, Diversification, and Scope
L83: Sports; Gambling; Recreation; Tourism


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