Rachel Scarfe

Rachel Scarfe
The University of Edinburgh | UoE · School of Economics

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Publications (6)
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We study the determinants of superstar wage effects, asking whether productivity or popularity‐based explanations are more appropriate. We use longitudinal wage and performance data for workers (players) and firms (teams) from a particular market for sports talent: Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. We find evidence that the top earner...
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Intuition and sports knowledge suggest that the most talented professional footballers play for the best teams, i.e., positive assortative matching based on productivity. We consider Major League Soccer between 2007 and 2017. We estimate a wage equation, finding that player and team fixed wage premiums are negatively correlated. This is a puzzle, e...
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We study the determinants of superstar wage effects, asking whether productivity or popularity-based explanations are more appropriate. We use longitudinal wage and performance data for workers (players) and firms (teams) from a particular market for sports talent: Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States. We find evidence that the top earner...
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Intuition and sports knowledge suggest that the most talented professional footballers play for the best teams, i.e., positive assortative matching based on productivity. We consider Major League Soccer between 2007 and 2017. We estimate a wage equation, finding that player and team fixed wage premiums are negatively correlated. This is a puzzle, e...
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There is currently much debate about the extent to which governments should regulate labour markets. One discussion concerns casual contracts, where firms do not need to guarantee workers certain, fixed, hours of work and instead provide work as and when needed. These jobs, sometimes known as "zero-hours", "contingent" or "on-demand", provide flexi...
Data
Dataset for replication of main results in "Do high wage footballers play for high wage teams?" All data obtained from public sources, namely Major League Soccer (LLC) and the Major League Soccer Player's Association.

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Study of the economics of the market for football talent as a very particular labour market.