Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/73578
Authors: 
Lackner, Mario
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz 1010
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the labor market for collegiate football players and argues that professional football teams have discriminating preferences when making their hiring decisions. An empirical analysis of panel data of 32 NFL teams in recent seasons is carried out to test the effects of such preferences on the performance of teams. The results provide strong evidence that certain criteria, which do have a high influence on a player’s chances to start a career in Professional Football, have actually little influence on team-efficiency whatsoever. Consequently, this implies that discrimination in the form of hiring preferences create a sub-optimal result in terms of building a team, as well as for the overall labor market in Professional Football.
Subjects: 
Labor market in sports
discrimination in hiring
production efficiency
stochastic production frontier
JEL: 
J7
J2
L83
C23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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