Finance Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2014

Publication Source

Journal of Sports Economics

Volume

15

Issue

2

Start Page

107

Last Page

131

DOI

10.1177/1527002512445569

Abstract

Using a unique, national data set that indicates where students choose to send their SAT scores, the authors find that college sports success has a large impact on student application decisions. For example, a school that has a stellar year in basketball or football on average receives up to 10% more SAT scores. Certain demographic groups (males, Blacks, out-of-state students, and students who played sports in high school) are more likely to be influenced by sports success than their counterparts. The authors explore the reasons why students might be influenced by these sporting events and present evidence that attention/accessibility helps explain these findings.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Devin G. Pope & Jaren C. Pope, Understanding College Application Decisions Why College Sports Success Matters, Journal of Sports economics (Volume 15, Issue 2) pp. 107-131. Copyright © 2014 SAGE. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications

Embargo Date

5-10-2013

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.