Muscle drain versus brain gain in association football: technology transfer through player emigration and manager immigration

Grant Allan, John Moffat

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Abstract

To test theories of migration and economic development, this article examines whether international football teams benefit from having players playing abroad in stronger leagues and from employing managers from countries with stronger leagues. The results provide evidence in support of the former effect. However, there is a negative impact from employing managers from countries with superior leagues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-493
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Volume21
Issue number7
Early online date27 Jan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • muscle drain
  • brain gain
  • association football
  • technology transfer
  • player emigration
  • manager immigration
  • FIFA ranking
  • migration
  • human capital

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