Do Former College Athletes Earn More at Work? A Nonparametric Assessment
Posted: 16 Aug 2006
This paper investigates how students' collegiate athletic participation affects their subsequent labor market success. By using newely developed techniques in nonparametric regression, it shows that on average former college athletes earn a wage premium. However, the premium is not uniform, but skewed so that more than half the athletes actually earn less than nonathletes. Further, the premium is not uniform across occupations. Athletes earn more in the fields on business, military, and manual labor, but surprisingly, athletes are more likely to become high school teachers, jobs that pay relatively lower wages to athletes.
Keywords: Nonparametric, Sports Economics, Generalized Kernel Estimation, Wage Determination, Athletics
JEL Classification: C14, J10, J30, J40, L83
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