Selection Bias and Peer Effects in Team Sports

  title={Selection Bias and Peer Effects in Team Sports},
  author={John Ashworth and Bruno Heyndels},
  journal={Journal of Sports Economics},
  pages={355 - 377}
This article analyzes how age grouping in youth competitions and soccer education programs affects wage formation at the professional level. A simple theoretical model shows that professional players born late after the cutoff date are expected to earn systematically higher wages than their early-born peers. Two discriminating factors are responsible for this: a systematic bias in the talent detection system and peer effects in the production process of human (sports) capital. The authors… 

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