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Celebrity Misbehavior

31 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2004  

Todd D. Kendall

Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics

Date Written: March 2004


Casual empiricism suggests that celebrities engage in more anti-social and other socially unapproved behavior than non-celebrities. I consider a number of reasons for this stylized fact, including one new theory, in which workers who are less substitutable in production are enabled to engage in greater levels of misbehavior because their employers cannot substitute away from them. Looking empirically at a particular class of celebrities - NBA basketball players - I find that misbehavior on the court is due to several factors, including prominently this substitutability effect, though income effects and youthful immaturity also may be important.

Keywords: Celebrity, Media Economics, Media, Entertainment, Movies, Sports, Basketball

JEL Classification: L82, J32

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Kendall, Todd D., Celebrity Misbehavior (March 2004). Available at SSRN: or

Todd D. Kendall (Contact Author)

Clemson University - John E. Walker Department of Economics ( email )

Clemson, SC 29634
United States

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