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The Law Of Genius And Home Runs Refuted

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  • JOHN DINARDO
  • JASON WINFREE

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"In a lively, provocative article, DeVany claims inter alia that the size distribution of home runs follows a continuous "power law" distribution which is nested in a larger class of "stable" statistical distributions characterized by an infinite variance. He uses this putative fact about the size distribution of home runs to argue that concern about the use of steroids to enhance home run ability is necessarily misplaced. In this article, we show that the initial claim is false and argue that the subsequent claim about the potential importance of steroid use does not follow from the first. We also show that the method used to establish that the size distribution of home runs is characterized by an infinite variance is unreliable and will find evidence "consistent" with infinite variance in all but the most trivial of data sets generated by processes with finite variance. Despite a large and growing literature that spans several fields and uses methods and arguments similar to DeVany's, we argue that mere inspection of the unconditional distribution of some human phenomenon is unlikely to yield much insight." ("JEL" C16, L83) Copyright (c) 2008 Western Economic Association International.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 48 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (01)
Pages: 51-64

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecinqu:v:48:y:2010:i:1:p:51-64

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  1. Andrew R. Solow & Christopher J. Costello & Michael B. Ward, 2003. "Testing the power law model for discrete size data," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series archive-16, Monash University, Department of Economics.
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  1. Gould, Eric D & Kaplan, Todd, 2007. "Learning Unethical Practices from a Co-worker: The Peer Effect of Jose Canseco," CEPR Discussion Papers 6550, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. William A. Brock & Steven N. Durlauf, 2010. "Adoption Curves and Social Interactions," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 8(1), pages 232-251, 03.
  3. Stephen Clayton & Michael Nieswiadomy & Mark C. Strazicich, 2010. "Was There a Structural Break in Barry Bonds’ Bat?," Working Papers 10-13, Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.
  4. John Dinardo & Jason Winfree, 2010. "The Law Of Genius And Home Runs Refuted," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 48(1), pages 51-64, 01.

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