New study shows that it can pay off to be born later in the year


Soccer players born in the fall are overrepresented as winner of Guldbollen (awarded to the best male Swedish footballer each year), researchers Per Hjertstrand, Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars Persson, IFN, show in a new study. Using a skill formation model they show that the reason for this is that players born in the fall must work harder as young to be selected for elite educational programs than those born earlier in the year. This means that those born late, but not too late, will thus end up with the highest skill levels as adults. However, those born too late will not make the cut.

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