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The effect of geographic proximity and rivalry on performance: Evidence from the English football league
Taylor & Francis
Using data on league position for clubs that have participated in English football leagues for 21 seasons, this paper tests, using spatial econometric techniques, whether clubs’ within-season performances are positively affected by better performances of other clubs located geographically closer to them. The paper provides evidence of positive spatial dependence between clubs’ performance. This means that proximity to high-performing clubs drives others to perform better, ceteris paribus. This is consistent with the view in regional analysis that spatial factors are important considerations in understanding business performance.
Geographical proximity , Local rivalry , Sport , English football leagues , Spatial econometrics , Performance , English League
Doran, J. and Jordan, D. (2018) 'The effect of geographical proximity and rivalry on performance: evidence from the English Football League', Regional Studies, pp. 1-11. doi: 10.1080/00343404.2017.1414177
© 2018 Regional Studies Association. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Regional Studies on 19/01/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00343404.2017.1414177