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The impact of professional athlete sponsorship on educational attainment in Western Kenya

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  • Maksymenko, Svitlana
  • Tranfaglia, Anna

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This paper analyzes how a primary school affiliation with a professional athlete affects pupils’ educational attainment on Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE). Taking an advantage of a data set of 2010 KCPE scores for 80 primary schools in the Eldoret district, the study statistically illustrates a strong positive correlation between professional athlete sponsorship and educational attainment of pupils on all subject portions of the KCPE exam, except Kiswahili. The evidence presented in this paper highlights the impact of the athlete sponsorship on quality of education in Kenya.

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  • Maksymenko, Svitlana & Tranfaglia, Anna, 2015. "The impact of professional athlete sponsorship on educational attainment in Western Kenya," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 97-103.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:injoed:v:41:y:2015:i:c:p:97-103
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2015.02.004
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    Keywords

    Educational attainment; Professional athletes; Primary education; Western Kenya;

    JEL classification:

    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa

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