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An Economic Evaluation of the Moneyball Hypothesis


Jahn Karl Hakes


Albion College - Department of Economics and Management

Raymond D. Sauer


Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

October 20, 2005


Abstract:     
Michael Lewis's book, Moneyball, is the story of an innovative manager who exploits an inefficiency in baseball's labor market over a prolonged period of time. We evaluate this claim by applying standard econometric procedures to data on player productivity and compensation from 1999 to 2004. These methods support Lewis's argument that the valuation of different skills was inefficient in the early part of this period, and that this was profitably exploited by managers with the ability to generate and interpret statistical knowledge. This knowledge became increasingly dispersed across baseball teams during this period. Consistent with Lewis's story and economic reasoning, the spread of this knowledge is associated with the market correcting the original mis-pricing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Innovation, market correction, salaries and compensation, baseball

JEL Classification: J31, O33, L83

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Date posted: November 13, 2004  

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Hakes, Jahn Karl and Sauer, Raymond D., An Economic Evaluation of the Moneyball Hypothesis (October 20, 2005). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=618401 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.618401

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Jahn Karl Hakes (Contact Author)
Albion College - Department of Economics and Management ( email )
Albion, MI 49224
United States
517-629-0650 (Phone)
517-629-0428 (Fax)
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Raymond D. OSkipo Sauer
Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics ( email )
Clemson, SC 29634
United States
864-656-3939 (Phone)
864-656-4192 (Fax)
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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