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Games of Two Halves: Non-Experimental Evidence on Cooperation, Defection and the Prisoner's Dilemma (2018)
Journal Article
Dobson, S., & Goddard, J. (2018). Games of Two Halves: Non-Experimental Evidence on Cooperation, Defection and the Prisoner's Dilemma. Review of Economic Analysis : REA Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, 10(3), 285-312

We develop a stylized two-period game-theoretic model of the strategic choices made by soccer teams when selecting between defensive and attacking team formations, and between non-violent and violent styles of play. Cooperative behaviour during the e... Read More

Revenue sharing in a sports league with an open market in playing talent (2014)
Journal Article
Dobson, S., & Goddard, J. (2014). Revenue sharing in a sports league with an open market in playing talent. Theoretical Economics Letters, 4(6), 410-414. https://doi.org/10.4236/tel.2014.46052

In this paper we develop an economic model of a professional sports league, in which the teams acquire playing talent in an external market. There have been several earlier formulations of this open model and all rely upon an inappropriately specifie... Read More

Why is corruption less harmful to income inequality in Latin America? (2012)
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Dobson, S., & Ramlogan-Dobson, C. (2012). Why is corruption less harmful to income inequality in Latin America?. World Development, 40(8), 1534-1545. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.04.015

Conventional wisdom says corruption is bad for income inequality. But recent research on Latin America finds a trade-off between corruption and inequality and suggests this is due to the large informal sector in the region. Using data on a large samp... Read More

Inequality, corruption and the informal sector (2011)
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Dobson, S., & Ramlogan-Dobson, C. (2012). Inequality, corruption and the informal sector. Economics letters, 115(1), 104-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2011.11.034

The marginal impact of corruption on income inequality is shown to be a linear function of the size of the informal sector. This implies that anti-corruption policies alone are unlikely to reduce inequality in countries with a large informal sector.... Read More

The influence of social pressure and nationality on individual decisions: Evidence from the behaviour of referees (2010)
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Dawson, P., & Dobson, S. (2010). The influence of social pressure and nationality on individual decisions: Evidence from the behaviour of referees. Journal of economic psychology, 31(2), 181-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2009.06.001

This study considers the influences on agents' decisions in an international context. Using data from five seasons of European cup football matches it is found that referees favour home teams when awarding yellow and red cards. Previous research on r... Read More

Optimizing strategic behaviour in a dynamic setting in professional team sports (2010)
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Dobson, S., & Goddard, J. (2010). Optimizing strategic behaviour in a dynamic setting in professional team sports. European journal of operational research, 205(3), 661-669. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2010.01.024

This article develops a dynamic game-theoretic model of optimizing strategic behaviour by football (soccer) teams. Teams choose between defensive and attacking formations and between a non-violent and a violent playing style, and can vary these choic... Read More

Is there a trade-off between income inequality and corruption? Evidence from Latin America (2009)
Journal Article
Dobson, S., & Ramlogan-Dobson, C. (2010). Is there a trade-off between income inequality and corruption? Evidence from Latin America. Economics letters, 107(2), 102-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2009.12.038

In contrast to other research, lower corruption is associated with higher income inequality. This result is consistent with the idea that the corruption-inequality relationship may be different where there is a large informal sector, as in Latin Amer... Read More

Is there an openness Kuznets curve? (2009)
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Dobson, S., & Ramlogan, C. (2009). Is there an openness Kuznets curve?. Kyklos, 62(2), 226-238. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6435.2009.00433.x

One of the key features of research on income inequality is the search for a Kuznets curve. Two curvilinear relationships in particular have been documented in the literature: one between inequality and income and the other between inequality and env... Read More

The economics of football
Book
Dobson, S., & Goddard, J. The economics of football. The University of Hull

The second edition of this popular book presents a detailed economic analysis of professional football at club level, with new material included to reflect the development of the economics of professional football over the past ten years. Using a com... Read More