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Title:The Italian job: match rigging, career concerns and media concentration in Serie A PDF Logo
Authors:Boeri, Tito
Severgnini, Battista
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3745
Abstract:This paper contributes to the literature on competition and corruption, by drawing on records from Calciopoli, a judicial inquiry carried out in 2006 on corruption in the Italian soccer league. Unlike previous studies, we can estimate the determinants of match rigging and use this information in identifying corruption episodes in years in which there are no pending judicial inquiries. We find evidence of corruption activity well before Calciopoli. Career concerns of referees seem to play a major role in match rigging. An implication of our study is that a more transparent selection of the referees and evaluation of their performance is essential in removing incentives to match rigging. Another implication is that in presence of significant winners-take-all effects, more competitive balance may increase corruption unless media concentration is also significantly reduced.
Subjects:Concentration
corruption
career concerns
random effect ordered probit
Monte Carlo simulations
soccer
JEL:D73
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-2008111487
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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