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The NBA and the influx of international basketball players

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  • Erick Eschker
  • Stephen Perez
  • Mark Siegler

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The determinants of salaries for professional athletes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) are examined to investigate how international athletes have fared relative to athletes trained in the United States. It is found that international basketball players were paid a large premium above other players of similar skills and characteristics for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, after which the premium disappeared. This temporary premium is likely attributable to a 'winner's curse' experienced by NBA teams before investing significant resources in scouting and evaluating international players.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 36 (2004)
Issue (Month): 10 ()
Pages: 1009-1020

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Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:36:y:2004:i:10:p:1009-1020

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  1. J. Richard Hill & Peter A. Groothuis, 2001. "The New NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Median Voter Model, and a Robin Hood Rent Redistribution," Journal of Sports Economics, , vol. 2(2), pages 131-144, May.
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Cited by:
  1. Ryan M. Rodenberg & Jun Woo Kim, 2011. "Precocity and labor market outcomes: Evidence from professional basketball," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(3), pages 2185-2190.

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