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An Examination of the Role That Intercollegiate Athletic Participation Plays in Academic Achievement: Athletes' Feats in the Classroom

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  • Michael T. Maloney
  • Robert E. McCormick

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We investigate whether intercollegiate athletic participation affects scholarly success. The overall means of course grades suggest that athletes do not do as well in the classroom as regular students. Background factors explain this underperformance for most sports; athletes come to school with lower SAT scores and poorer high school preparation. However, players in the revenue sports do worse even accounting for this. We investigate the cause of this unexplained underperformance: We find that it is a seasonal phenomenon. To us, this means that the exploitation of athletes extends beyond the sidelines and into the classroom.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 28 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 555-570

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:28:y:1993:i:3:p:555-570

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  3. Robert Metcalfe & Simon Burgess & Steven Proud, 2011. "Student effort and educational attainment: Using the England football team to identify the education production function," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation 11/276, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  4. Betsey Stevenson, 2010. "Beyond the Classroom: Using Title IX to Measure the Return to High School Sports," CESifo Working Paper Series 2959, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Cornelissen, Thomas & Pfeifer, Christian, 2007. "The Impact of Participation in Sports on Educational Attainment: New Evidence from Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 3160, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Michael Lechner & Paul Downward, 2013. "Heterogeneous Sports Participation and Labour Market Outcomes in England," CESifo Working Paper Series 4434, CESifo Group Munich.
  7. Gius, Mark P., 2011. "The Effects of Participation in High School Athletics and the National Honor Society on Future Earnings," Review of Applied Economics, Review of Applied Economics, vol. 7(1-2).
  8. McCormick, Robert E. & Tollison, Robert D., 2001. "Why do black basketball players work more for less money?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 44(2), pages 201-219, February.

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