Does Crime Pay? The Effect of Off-Field Behavior on Player Salaries In the National Football League
18 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2015 Last revised: 16 Dec 2016
Date Written: October 1, 2014
Mixed evidence exists on the relationship between arrest and labor market outcomes such as employment and earnings. We analyze the effect of arrest on earnings in a sample of National Football League players who were arrested between 2000 and 2009. We use propensity score matching to construct a comparison sample of players who were not arrested over the same period. Regression results suggest that players who were arrested earned about 10% to 14% more than similar players who were not arrested. Relatively lower risk aversion and aggressive tendencies may explain this difference in compensation.
Keywords: arrest, earnings, National Football League
JEL Classification: L83, J31
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