Title: When drains and gains coincide: migration and international football performance
Authors: Berlinschi, Ruxanda ×
Schokkaert, Jeroen
Swinnen, Jo #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: North Holland
Series Title: Labour Economics issue:21 pages:1-14
Abstract: We analyze the impact of human capital formation through migration on performance by
studying the impact of football players’ migration to foreign clubs on their origin countries’
international football performance. In our model, migration to foreign clubs allows players to
improve their skills. Its impact on national team performance is positive and increasing with the
difference in quality between foreign and home country clubs. To test this prediction, we have
collected information on the club of employment of national team players for most countries in
the world. We have constructed an original migration index, weighing each emigrant player by
the quality of the foreign club employing him. We find strong and robust support for the
theoretical prediction that migration of national team players improves international football
performance, particularly for countries with lower quality football clubs.
ISSN: 0927-5371
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Center of Development Economics, Leuven
LICOS - Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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