Seasonal Home Advantage in English Professional Football; 1973-2018

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2020-025/V

20 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2020

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Thomas Peeters

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); University of Antwerp - Department of Economics

Jan van Ours

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Date Written: May 12, 2020

Abstract

We analyze 45 years of data from English professional football focusing on the determinants of home advantage. We conclude that seasonal home advantage is substantial and positively related to within-team variation in attendance. Furthermore, despite big cross-league differences in attendance, the average home advantage is about the same across the English leagues. The average home advantage over the period of analysis was 0.63 points and 0.45 goals difference. Finally, we find that over time there is a substantial decline in the home advantage that materializes equally across the leagues.

Keywords: Professional football, home advantage, managers

JEL Classification: L83, Z21

Suggested Citation

Peeters, Thomas and van Ours, Jan, Seasonal Home Advantage in English Professional Football; 1973-2018 (May 12, 2020). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 2020-025/V, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3603228 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3603228

Thomas Peeters (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

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University of Antwerp - Department of Economics ( email )

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Antwerp, B-2000
Belgium

Jan Van Ours

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) ( email )

P.O. Box 1738
3000 DR Rotterdam, NL 3062 PA
Netherlands

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