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I analyze the links between talent migration and cross-country inequality by exploiting the 1995 elimination of mobility restrictions on the European football labor market. I develop a simple model and employ an empirical dataset to estimate its parameters. Through simulation analysis, I compare actual data with a counterfactual no-mobility restriction trajectory, and conclude that the elimination of mobility barriers increases not only cross-country inequality by 25%, but also global output in the football economy by stimulating the production of new talent in Africa, Latin and Central America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-166
JournalJournal of Economic Dynamics and Control
Volume85
Issue numberDecember
Early online date26 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017
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