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Title:Do former college athletes earn more at work? A nonparametric assessment PDF Logo
Authors:Henderson, Daniel J.
Olbrecht, Alexandre
Polachek, Solomon W.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 1882
Abstract:This paper investigates how students' collegiate athletic participation affects their subsequent labor market success. It uses newly developed distributional tests to establish that the wage distribution of former college athletes is significantly different from non-athletes and that athletic participation is a significant determinant of wages. Additionally, by using newly developed techniques in nonparametric regression, it shows that on average former college athletes earn a wage premium. However, the premium is not uniform, but skewed so that more than half the athletes actually earn less than non-athletes. Further, the premium is not uniform across occupations. Athletes earn more in the fields of business, military, and manual labor, but surprisingly, athletes are more likely to become high school teachers, which pays a relatively lower wage to athletes. We conclude that nonpecuniary factors play an important role in occupational choice, at least for many former collegiate athletes.
Subjects:nonparametric
generalized Kernel estimation
wage determination
earnings
sports economics
athletics
JEL:C14
J10
J30
J40
L83
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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