The Migrant Wage Premium in Professional Football: A Superstar Effect?

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Alex Bryson

UCL ; National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Giambattista Rossi

University of London

Rob W. Simmons

Lancaster University

Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

Using panel data on professional footballers and their teams over a seven year period we find a substantial wage premium for migrants which persists within teams and is only partially accounted for by players' onā€field labour productivity. We show that the differential partly reflects the superstar status of migrant workers. This superstar effect is apparent in migrant effects on team performance and crowd attendance.

Suggested Citation

Bryson, Alex and Rossi, Giambattista and Simmons, Rob W., The Migrant Wage Premium in Professional Football: A Superstar Effect? (February 2014). Kyklos, Vol. 67, Issue 1, pp. 12-28, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374198 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12041

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Giambattista Rossi

University of London

Rob W. Simmons

Lancaster University ( email )

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