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A spatial cross-sectional analysis of the elasticity of demand for soccer

Forrest, DK, Simmons, R and Feehan, P 2002, 'A spatial cross-sectional analysis of the elasticity of demand for soccer' , Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 49 (3) , pp. 336-355.

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Abstract

Several studies estimate the demand for watching English professional football (soccer) as highly inelastic, a puzzling result given that clubs appear to possess a degree of monopoly power. We discuss weaknesses in earlier studies and offer an alternative method of assessing elasticity based on travel costs of spectators living different distances from the grounds. We find that elasticity varies across the 20 senior clubs for which data were available but in almost every case demand is more elastic than reported in the existing literature and pricing policy appears therefore to be more orientated towards profit maximisation than previously thought.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV0557 Sports
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Business & Law > Salford Business School > Centre for Sports Business
Journal or Publication Title: Scottish Journal of Political Economy
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1467-9485
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2007 16:25
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/813

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