Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-27038
Title: For the love of football? Using economic models of volunteering to study the motives of German football referees
Author(s): Emrich, Eike
Pierdzioch, Christian
Rullang, Christian
Editor(s): Emrich, Eike
Pierdzioch, Christian
Klein, Markus
Language: English
Pages: 35
Publisher/Platform: Europäisches Institut für Sozioökonomie e.V.
Year of Publication: 2016
Place of publication: Saarbrücken
Free key words: socioeconomics of volunteering
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DDC notations: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
796 Sports
Publikation type: Report
Abstract: Using data for a large sample of German football referees, we studied the motives for becoming a football referee. Based on a long modeling tradition in the literature on the economics of volunteering, we studied altruistic motives (public-goods model) versus non-altruistic (egoistic private-consumption motives and human-capital motives). We differentiated between self-attributed and other-attributed motives. We found that altruistic motives on average are less strong than other motives. Other-attributed altruistic motives are stronger than self-attributed altruistic motives, indicating the presence of a self-interest bias. We further found that referees who report strong altruistic motives have a higher willingness to quit refereeing when other referees would referee more matches, consistent with the public-goods model. In line with the human-capital model, altruistic motives are stronger for senior referees. Altruistic motives are also stronger for those referees who view refereeing as a volunteer activity.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-ds-270384
Series name: Diskussionspapiere des Europäischen Instituts für Sozioökonomie e.V. = Working papers of the European Institute for Socioeconomics
Series volume: 16
Date of registration: 7-Mar-2018
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Department: HW - Sportwissenschaft
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