Does going to college benefit major league baseball players?


Using recently collected Major League Baseball free agent data, this study identifies a contract value premium for nonpitchers who attended college. Simultaneous equations and the more traditional earnings regressions are used to report results which support the implications of the human capital model and the schooling-earnings theory. The results also suggest that the labour market for baseball players may not be purely talent driven and that choosing college may slow down a player’s accession to the majors.

Source: “The economic return to college attendance for major league baseball players” from Applied Economics Letters, Volume 14, Issue 13 October 2007 , pages 981 – 985

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