No Home Bias in Ghost Games

Discussion Paper of the Institute for Organisational Economics 7/2020

25 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2020

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Alexander Dilger

University of Münster

Lars Vischer

University of Münster - Institute for Organisational Economics

Date Written: July 2020

Abstract

Because of the COVID-19-pandemic the men’s first German football league (Bundesliga) had to finish the season 2019/20 with ghost games as spectators were not allowed in the stadiums. Comparing these games with the regular ones between the same teams before, we find that the normal advantage for the home team disappears. One reason for this is the disappearances of the home bias of the referees whereas changes in the sportive performance of the teams seem to be irrelevant in this regard.

Keywords: COVID-19, Football, Germany, Ghost Games, Home Bias, Spectators, Soccer

JEL Classification: Z20

Suggested Citation

Dilger, Alexander and Vischer, Lars, No Home Bias in Ghost Games (July 2020). Discussion Paper of the Institute for Organisational Economics 7/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3674876 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3674876

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Lars Vischer

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