Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 5–13 | Cite as

Productivity drivers and market dynamics in the Spanish first division football league

  • Carlos Pestana Barros
  • Pedro Garcia-del-Barrio


This paper analyses efficiency drivers of a representative sample of Spanish football clubs by means of the two-stage data envelopment analysis (DEA) procedure proposed by Simar and Wilson (J Econ, 136:31–64, 2007). In the first stage, the technical efficiency of football clubs is estimated using a bootstrapped DEA model in order to establish which of them are the most efficient; the ranking is based on total productivity in the period 1996–2004. In the second stage, the Simar and Wilson (J Econ, 136:31–64, 2007) procedure is used to bootstrap the DEA scores with a truncated bootstrapped regression. Policy implications of the main findings are also considered.


Spanish football clubs Data envelopment analysis Truncated regression Bootstrapping 

JEL Classification

L83 C69 



The author gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnologia (SEJ 2007-67295/ECON).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Pestana Barros
    • 1
  • Pedro Garcia-del-Barrio
    • 2
  1. 1.ISEG, School of Economics and ManagementTechnical University of Lisbon and UECE (Research Centre on Complexity and Economics)LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Universitat Internacional de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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