Brazil 0, Economics 2

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My work on the Brazil myth and a general description of my research profile is in the newspapers again. This time, discussed in this piece by Peter Martin: “Can Soccernomics Save the Socceroos?“, which appeared in The Sunday Age two days ago (15 June). The online version is linked (p.35 in hard copy).

UPDATE: Brazil held to a goalless draw in the second match of group phase by none other than their bogey-team, México (as indicated in my earlier Australian Financial Review piece)! How, you may ask? The myth tells us that México not scoring early circumvented having Brazil run up a cricket score against them – hats off to the insightful tactics of master coach, Miguel Herrera.

Brazil 0, Economics 1

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My piece: “Economics Lends Little Support to the Socceroos” appeared in today’s Australian Financial Review (Thursday 12 June). Link gated; but it is on p.43 of the hard copy if you have access to that. I draw an analogy between the optimal tactics for beating Brazil at the World Cup and upstaging a larger business rival in industry.

The abstract of the original 2012 journal article from Applied Economics Letters on which it is based can be found here.

UPDATE: Brazil wins the tournament opener 3-1 after Croatia failed to heed the myth and opened the scoring on 11′ (albeit through an own-goal). By admission, while on paper it looks like a substantiation of the myth, on the balance of play it was anything but!

‘The Economics of Sport’ Journal Article Series

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Taylor & Francis have just released a new article collection: The Economics of Sport.

In their words: “This article collection offers free access for the whole of February to a selection of articles highlighting the relationship between Economics and Sport.”

The collection is quite comprehensive, and includes one of my own papers, The Underdog Should Always Fire the First Salvo against Brazil.

Symposium: Brazil at the Centre of the Sporting World

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Today, La Trobe University hosted an important symposium at its brand new City Campus, called: Brazil at the Centre of the Sporting World. This event was organised jointly by Centre for Sport and Social Impact (CSSI, of which I am a member) and the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS, administrated by our Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), and included such luminaries as H. E. Rubem Barbossa (the Brazilian Ambassador to Australia) and Craig Foster (SBS Chief Football Analyst and Presenter).

I made a 15-minute presentation as part of panel discussion, based on my paper (now published, see link): “The Underdog Should Always Fire the First Salvo Against Brazil”, from Applied Economics Letters, which I have blogged about here previously.