Corruption in Sport

Part of my research investigates corruption in sport. The decision to engage in corrupt activity is essentially an economic one, as detailed by Preston and Szymanski (2003), inspired by Becker (1974).

The main purpose of this page is to present the materials used in the process of my research into corruption, in order that replicability is facilitated.


Dataset on Serie A matches between 2001 and 2012 (used to investigate Calciopoli) (Dropbox - link broken for the moment sorry).

Dataset on Serie B matches between 2008 and 2012 (used for forthcoming chapter in Handbook of the Economics of Professional Football) (Dropbox). (more detailed data including more leagues and cup competitions in Italy along with betting prices)

Dataset of international matches between 2004 and 2013 used for project attempting to investigate the recent Europol claim surrounding 300+ fixed international matches. Paper is here. Do file (messy) here.


Cricket is a remarkably well-measured sport; not only do scorecards list a huge amount of information about each match, but these scorecards also go back hundreds of years.

Based on the allegations contained in a number of judicial reviews into cricket, we consider 18 matches known to be fixed and investigate whether the methods employed to fix these matches can be detected using scorecard information.

Paper, data (zip), R code.