March Madness: NCAA Tournament Participation and College Alcohol Use

13 Pages Posted: 22 May 2019

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Dustin White

University of Nebraska at Omaha - Department of Economics

Benjamin Cowan

Washington State University

Jadrian Wooten

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: July 2019

Abstract

While athletic success may improve the visibility of a university to prospective students and thereby benefit the school, it may also increase risky behavior in the current student body. Using the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study, we find that a school's participation in the NCAA Basketball Tournament is associated with a 47% increase in binge drinking by male students at that school. Additionally, we find evidence that drunk driving increases by 5% among all students during the tournament.

JEL Classification: I12, I23, Z28

Suggested Citation

White, Dustin and Cowan, Benjamin and Wooten, Jadrian, March Madness: NCAA Tournament Participation and College Alcohol Use (July 2019). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 37, Issue 3, pp. 449-461, 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3392566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12425

Dustin White (Contact Author)

University of Nebraska at Omaha - Department of Economics ( email )

College of Business Administration
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Omaha, NE 68182
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.dustinrwhite.com

Benjamin Cowan

Washington State University ( email )

Jadrian Wooten

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Economics ( email )

University Park
319 Kern Graduate Building
State College, PA 16802
United States

HOME PAGE: http://JadrianWooten.com

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