Altitude as handicap in rank-order football tournaments

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dc.contributor.author Casas, Agustin
dc.contributor.author Fawaz, Yarine
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-30T13:42:25Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-30T13:42:25Z
dc.date.issued 2013-07
dc.identifier.issn 2340-5031
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/17418
dc.description.abstract In 2007, based on medical reports, FIFA ruled that no international football competition could be played in stadiums with an altitude higher than 2500 meters. We provide stark evidence which supports the claim that playing in high altitude benefits the home team through two channels. First, in these scenarios, high altitude teams (HAT) do better against low altitude teams than against other high altitude teams. Second, every time that low altitude teams visit other high altitude teams they get fewer points than if they had played in a low altitude stadium. Therefore, the HAT go up in the ranking of the southamerican qualifiers for world cups, not only because of their own extra-advantage of playing in high altitudes, but also because the LAT do worse in all high altitude stadiums. According to our work, have this ruling taken effect, Ecuador would not have gone to the 2006 world cup, and therefore Ecuador's Football Federation would have lost at least 40 million dollars given out by FIFA to all teams going to the world cup.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries UC3M Working papers. Economics
dc.relation.ispartofseries 13-16
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.title Altitude as handicap in rank-order football tournaments
dc.type workingPaper
dc.subject.eciencia Economía
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dc.identifier.repec we1316
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