Performance, Diversity and National Identity Evidence from Association Football

41 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2018

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Jorge Tovar

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 19, 2018

Abstract

The increasing national diversity of co-workers has no consensus on its impact on performance. Using a team’s predominant nationality as proxy for national diversity and national identity, there is robust evidence that it affects performance. Detailed worker-level data from a highly globalized industry, association football, shows a non-linear relationship between performance and the predominant nationality of a team’s roster. As the number of members from the predominant nationality increase, performance declines. However, beyond a threshold level, performance rises. It implies that performance benefits from national diversity when the predominant nationality is small and from national identity when it is large.

Keywords: National Identity, National Diversity, Team Performance

JEL Classification: M14, Z21, Z22, J15

Suggested Citation

Tovar, Jorge, Performance, Diversity and National Identity Evidence from Association Football (September 19, 2018). Documento CEDE No. 2018-46. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3265344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3265344

Jorge Tovar (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

HOME PAGE: http://economia.uniandes.edu.co/profesores/planta/tovar_jorge

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