The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football

Frick B, Wicker P (2016)
Applied Economics Letters 23(4): 259-263.

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Frick, Bernd; Wicker, PamelaUniBi
Abstract / Bemerkung
The trickle-down effect assumes that sporting success at the elite sport level descends down to the amateur sport level in the sense that people are inspired by sporting success to participate themselves. Previous research failed to find convincing evidence for this relationship, mostly because the data used and the methods applied (e.g. cross-sectional data, primary data, correlations) were not adequate. This study addresses these shortcomings and examines the effect of national sporting success on amateur sport participation in German football using longitudinal data from 1950 to 2014. Since an individual’s decision to participate in sport also depends on other factors, the regression models also control for working hours, real wages etc. The results show that only World Cup title wins of the men’s national team have a positive and statistically significant impact on the number of and percentage changes in individual club memberships, clubs and teams. The coefficients of European Championship titles and title wins of the women’s national team turn out to be mostly insignificant. Future research should examine the reasons as to why only title wins by the men’s team have a measurable inspirational effect on amateur sport participation in football.
Stichworte
Trickle-down effect; demonstration effect; sporting success; club membership; football
Erscheinungsjahr
2016
Zeitschriftentitel
Applied Economics Letters
Band
23
Ausgabe
4
Seite(n)
259-263
ISSN
1350-4851
eISSN
1466-4291
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2942613

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Frick B, Wicker P. The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football. Applied Economics Letters . 2016;23(4):259-263.
Frick, B., & Wicker, P. (2016). The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football. Applied Economics Letters , 23(4), 259-263. doi:10.1080/13504851.2015.1068916
Frick, B., and Wicker, P. (2016). The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football. Applied Economics Letters 23, 259-263.
Frick, B., & Wicker, P., 2016. The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football. Applied Economics Letters , 23(4), p 259-263.
B. Frick and P. Wicker, “The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football”, Applied Economics Letters , vol. 23, 2016, pp. 259-263.
Frick, B., Wicker, P.: The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football. Applied Economics Letters . 23, 259-263 (2016).
Frick, Bernd, and Wicker, Pamela. “The trickle-down effect: how elite sporting success affects amateur participation in German football”. Applied Economics Letters 23.4 (2016): 259-263.

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