Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25576
Authors: 
Dilger, Alexander
Geyer, Hannah
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IÖB-Diskussionspapier 4/08
Abstract: 
The effects of the three-point rule in first league German soccer are tested empirically and compared to games from the German cup-competition. The inclusion of cup games ensures that changes in league games can be attributed to the three-point rule. As a result of their relative devaluation, the number of draws should decrease. Furthermore, an increase in the number of close wins is expected. The strategy of a leading team becomes more defensive, resulting in fewer goal shootings by that team, as well as fewer shooting opportunities for the opponent. Empirical evidence supporting these effects is found.
JEL: 
C72
C93
L83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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