Does Experience Matter? Salary Dispersion, Coaching, and Team Performance

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Anna Bykova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Dennis Coates

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Date Written: January 2020

Abstract

Using Major League Soccer as a unique dataset, this study examines the direct and indirect role of coaches' experience in determining team performance. Inspired by labor market studies, we applied traditional indicators of team salary structure and, unlike previous studies, empirically test the hypothesis that coach experience affects the way in which team salary distribution influences performance. Our results suggest that coaches with experience as professional soccer players improve team performance directly but worsen the negative effect of a skewed salary distribution. Moreover, experience as a player is more important than coaching experience.

JEL Classification: D3, J3, M5

Suggested Citation

Bykova, Anna A. and Coates, Dennis, Does Experience Matter? Salary Dispersion, Coaching, and Team Performance (January 2020). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 188-205, 2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3593685 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12444

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