The Marginal Revenue Product of a Women's College Basketball Player

6 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2006

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Robert W. Brown

California State University, San Marcos - Department of Economics

R. Todd Jewell

Texas State University, San Marcos - Department of Finance and Economics

Abstract

This paper estimates the marginal revenue product of a premium women's college basketball player. Ordinary least squares estimates indicate that acquiring another one of these players generates nearly $250,000 annually for her team. Quantile regression estimates, however, show that these quantitative effects vary substantially across teams: Players at less successful programs generate little revenue for their team, while those at the elite programs generate considerable revenues. The results provide empirical evidence that schools may have the ability to capture economic rents from the best players at the top women's basketball programs.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Robert W. and Jewell, R. Todd Todd, The Marginal Revenue Product of a Women's College Basketball Player. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 45, No, 1, pp. 96-101, January 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=871810 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2006.00415.x

Robert W. Brown (Contact Author)

California State University, San Marcos - Department of Economics ( email )

San Marcos, CA 92096
United States

R. Todd Todd Jewell

Texas State University, San Marcos - Department of Finance and Economics ( email )

San Marcos, TX 78666
United States

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