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Air pollution may be harming your fantasy league ranking!

Geoff Riley

9th 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 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.

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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