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Bernd Frick

The chapter examines the impacts of coaches on team performance. It focuses on soccer, and analyzes the impact of head coach dismissals on the subsequent performance of the team. It examines the methodological difficulties in studying such a question, and highlights some of the important research in the area. It notes that, while the specific results vary widely across papers, there seems to be no strongly consistent evidence that coaching changes fundamentally improve team performance.

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Bernd Frick and Rob Simmons

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Bernd Frick and Hannes Winner

It is one of the few stylized facts in labour and personnel economics that wages rise with a worker’s seniority. What is not yet clear, however, is whether this is owing to better matches surviving for longer periods of time, to investments in the acquisition of specific human capital or to deferred compensation. Using detailed information on football players’ salaries and their market values from the German Bundesliga as well as the Italian Serie A in the 2014–15 season, we find that salaries peak about two years later than market values. Although we cannot rule out match quality as a potential explanation, our findings are fully consistent with deferred compensation as a motivational device.