Cost efficiency of French rugby clubs

Carlos Pestana Barros, Gaël Bertrand, Laurent Botti, Scott Tainsky

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This article analyses the cost efficiency of French first-league rugby clubs using a stochastic frontier model. The frontier estimation confirmed that the model fits the data well with all coefficients correctly signed and in line with the theoretical requirements. The results show that one of the clubs is operating efficiently, with the majority of clubs clustered around 20% inefficiency. Policy implications are derived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2721-2732
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number23
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • France
  • rugby
  • stochastic frontier model
  • technical efficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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