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AIR POLLUTION HARMS FOOTBALLERS’ PERFORMANCE: Evidence from Germany’s Bundesliga

  • Published Date: 18 March 2016

Air pollution is responsible for harming footballers’ performance. That is the main finding of research by Andreas Lichter, Nico Pestel and Eric Sommer, to be presented at the Royal Economic Society’s annual conference in Brighton in March 2016.

Their study looks at professional footballers in Germany from 1999-2011. By comparing the number of passes made by a player in a match with the level of air pollution at that time in that area, it finds that even low levels of pollution lead to players doing worse. This effect becomes stronger as the player gets older, and occurs even if the player normally plays in a completely different part of the country.

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