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Educational contributions, academic quality, and athletic success


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  • TA. Rhoads
  • S. Gerking


This article examines the role of successful Division I football and basketball programs in motivating alumni and other donors to make charitable educational contributions to U.S. universities. Results from fixed effects analysis of panel data on 87 universities for the period 1986-87 to 1995-96 indicate that year-to-year changes in athletic success have a positive impact on levels of alumni giving, but that other types of donors are not as responsive. Also, long-standing athletic traditions established prior to the sample period appear to generate academic benefits in the form of increased charitable donations from all sources. However, the estimated impact of a successful athletic tradition is relatively weak when compared to the effect of student and faculty quality on educational contributions. Copyright 2000 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 18 (2000)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 248-258

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Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:18:y:2000:i:2:p:248-258

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  1. Stinson, Jeffrey L. & Howard, Dennis R., 2008. "Winning Does Matter: Patterns in Private Giving to Athletic and Academic Programs at NCAA Division I-AA and I-AAA Institutions," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 11(1), pages 1-20, May.
  2. Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson & Cara Howe, 2009. "Anomalies in Tournament Design: The Madness of March Madness," Working Papers, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics 0912, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  3. Mulholland, Sean & Tomic, Aleksandar & Sholander, Samuel, 2010. "The Faculty Flutie Factor: Does Football Performance Affect a University’s US News and World Report Peer Assessment Score?," MPRA Paper 26443, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Robert Baade & Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson, 2007. "Down, Set, Hike: The Economic Impact of College Football Games on Local Economies," Working Papers, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics 0702, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  5. Holmes, Jessica, 2009. "Prestige, charitable deductions and other determinants of alumni giving: Evidence from a highly selective liberal arts college," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 18-28, February.
  6. Malcolm Getz & John Siegfried, 2010. "What Does Intercollegiate Athletics Do To or For Colleges and Universities?," Vanderbilt University Department of Economics Working Papers 1005, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics.
  7. Chris Cohen & Warren Whisenant & Patrick Walsh, 2011. "The Relationship Between Sustained Success and Donations for an Athletic Department with a Premier Football Program," Public Organization Review, Springer, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 255-263, September.
  8. Mehari Mekonnen Akalu, 2002. "Measuring and Ranking Value Drivers," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 02-043/2, Tinbergen Institute.
  9. James Strathman & Thomas Kimpel & Kenneth Dueker & Richard Gerhart & Steve Callas, 2002. "Evaluation of transit operations: data applications of Tri-Met's automated Bus Dispatching System," Transportation, Springer, Springer, vol. 29(3), pages 321-345, August.
  10. Tucker, Irvin B., 2004. "A reexamination of the effect of big-time football and basketball success on graduation rates and alumni giving rates," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 23(6), pages 655-661, December.


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