Cost efficiency of French soccer league teams

Carlos Pestana Barros, Nicolas Peypoch, Scott Tainsky

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This article evaluates the operational activities of French soccer clubs from 2003 to 2011 by using a finite mixture model that allows controlling for unobserved heterogeneity. In doing so, a stochastic frontier latent class model, which allows the existence of different technologies, is adopted to estimate cost frontiers. This procedure not only enables us to identify different groups of French soccer clubs but also permits to analyse their cost efficiency. The main result is that there are two groups among the French soccer clubs, both following completely different 'technologies' to obtain league points, suggesting that business strategies need to be adapted to the characteristics of the clubs. Some managerial implications are developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)781-789
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Economics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 2014


  • cost efficiency
  • latent class model
  • soccer clubs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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