Peer Effects In Sports: Evidence From NCAA Relay Teams

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Title: Peer Effects In Sports: Evidence From NCAA Relay Teams
Author: Haglund, Lisa Elin
Abstract: This paper investigates whether disparity in team member quality impacts team production using NCAA 4x400m relay teams . As a measure of quality I use the team member's individual rankings . The net peer effects are estimated on a team level rather than on an individual level , and are found to have both an absolute and relative negative effect on the team performance . This paper is differentiated from the existing literature by using a direct measure of quality compared to other indirect measures of worker quality such as wages . The evidence provided herein shows that a greater disparity in team member quality increases NCAA relay team times , which suggests that net negative peer effects exist . These results support the "team cohesiveness hypothesis" for NCAA relay teams .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /515
Date: 2007-08-23

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Peer Effects In Sports: Evidence From NCAA Relay Teams. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /515 .

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