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Cultural Differences, Assimilation and Behavior: Player Nationality and Penalties in Football

LICOS Discussion Paper No. 297/2011

36 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011 Last revised: 19 Sep 2012

Giacomo De Luca

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS)

Jeroen Schokkaert

LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Johan F. M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS); European Commission, DG II

Date Written: October 7, 2011

Abstract

We examine the impact of a different cultural background on individual behavior, focusing on penalties in football matches of southern European and northern European football players in the English Premier League. Southern European football players collect on average more football penalties than their British colleagues and northern European football players collect on average less football penalties than their British colleagues. The number of football penalties incurred by southern European players is initially higher but converges towards the local average the longer their experience in the English Premier League.

Keywords: Football Penalties, Cultural Differences, Assimilation, Migration

JEL Classification: J61, L83, Z10

Suggested Citation

De Luca, Giacomo and Schokkaert, Jeroen and Swinnen, Johan F. M., Cultural Differences, Assimilation and Behavior: Player Nationality and Penalties in Football (October 7, 2011). LICOS Discussion Paper No. 297/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1955162 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1955162

Giacomo De Luca

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

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Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Jeroen Schokkaert (Contact Author)

LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance ( email )

Charles Debériotstraat 34
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

Charles Debériotstraat 34
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Johan F.M. Swinnen

KU Leuven - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) ( email )

Waaistraat 6
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

European Commission, DG II ( email )

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