The Effect of Talent Disparity on Team Productivity in Soccer

25 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2010

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Egon P. Franck

University of Zurich - Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Stephan Nüesch

University of Muenster

Date Written: November 10, 2009

Abstract

Theory predicts that the interaction type within a team moderates the impact of talent disparity on team productivity. Using panel data from professional German soccer teams, we test talent composition effects at different team levels characterized by different interaction types. At the match level, complementarities are expected due to the continuous interaction of the fielded players. If the entire squad is analyzed at the seasonal level, substitutability emerges from the fact that only a (varying) selection of players can prove their talent in the competition games. Holding average ability and unobserved team heterogeneity constant, we find that the players selected to play on the competition team should be rather homogeneous regarding their talent. However, if we relate talent differences within the entire squad to the team’s league standing at the end of the season, talent disparity turns out to be beneficial.

Keywords: Talent disparity, team productivity, interaction type

JEL Classification: D23, D24, J44, L83

Suggested Citation

Franck, Egon P. and Nüesch, Stephan, The Effect of Talent Disparity on Team Productivity in Soccer (November 10, 2009). Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1503192

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