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Do academically deficient scholarship athletes earn higher wages subsequent to graduation?

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In this paper, data from the Baccalaureate & Beyond 93/97/03 survey is used to estimate the effects on the earnings of scholarship athletics participants subsequent to graduation. Former college athletes are found to have higher wages on average. Upon first glance, colleges and universities could use these results to argue on behalf of investments in athletics. However, by using quantile regression, it is shown that the positive wage premiums are not equivalent for all college athletes.

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  • Olbrecht, Alexandre, 2009. "Do academically deficient scholarship athletes earn higher wages subsequent to graduation?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(5), pages 611-619, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:28:y:2009:i:5:p:611-619
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    1. Michael Insler & Jimmy Karam, 2016. "Do Sports Crowd Out Books? The Impact of Intercollegiate Athletic Participation on Grades," Departmental Working Papers 50, United States Naval Academy Department of Economics.
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