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Agglomeration, urbanization and competitive performance: the natural experiment of English football

Jones, Calvin and Jordan, Declan 2019. Agglomeration, urbanization and competitive performance: the natural experiment of English football. Regional Studies, Regional Science 6 (1) , pp. 421-438. 10.1080/21681376.2019.1647794

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Abstract

There are sound theoretical and empirical bases for expecting productivity and innovative benefits for businesses located in large urban areas, and for those located closer to others in the same or related industries. However, the size and precise origin of these effects remain uncertain and complicated by potential endogeneity from businesses’ location choice. English football is proposed as a natural experiment with immobile businesses and evidence is presented from the English Premier League (EPL) that suggests urban scale affects clubs’ relative performance. It is found that teams in larger conurbations perform relatively better, and it is suggested these benefits probably originate from the sport’s novel labour market.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2168-1376
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 September 2019
Date of Acceptance: 15 July 2019
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 13:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/125289

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