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The returns to scarce talent: footedness and player remuneration in European soccer

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We investigate the salary returns to the ability to play football with both feet. The majority of footballers are predominantly right footed. Using two data sets, a cross-section of footballers in the five main European leagues and a panel of players in the German Bundesliga, we find robust evidence of a substantial salary premium for two-footed ability, even after controlling for available player performance measures. We assess how this premium varies across the salary distribution and by player position.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27784/1/dp0948.pdf

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