Article

Testing the O-Ring theory using data from the English Premier League

Citation

Szymanski S & Wilkinson G (2016) Testing the O-Ring theory using data from the English Premier League. Research in Economics, 70 (3), pp. 468-481. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rie.2016.04.001

Abstract
This paper measures the impact of different workers in a production process dependent on their expected productivity. Using the setting of professional football, expected productivity is measured from the transfer fees paid to acquire players. It shows that the most expensive players tend to have the largest impact on the game whereas the least expensive players have little impact. The findings support superstar theories rather than O-ring theory. We also find that the optimal spending distribution is more skewed than the observed distribution suggesting some constraint in the market for superstars.

Keywords
O-Ring theory; Production function; Optimality

Journal
Research in Economics: Volume 70, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Publication date30/09/2016
Publication date online20/05/2016
Date accepted by journal26/04/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27560
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN1090-9443