The Marginal Revenue Product of a Women's College Basketball Player

Authors

  • ROBERT W. BROWN,

    1. Department of Economics, California State University, San Marcos, CA 92096
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  • R. TODD JEWELL

    1. Department of Economics, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
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      The authors’ affiliations are, respectively, Department of Economics, California State University, San Marcos, CA 92096; Department of Economics, University of North Texas, Denton, TX. E-mail: rbrown@csusm.edu or tjewell@unt.edu. The authors wish to thank Michael Leeds, Brad Humphreys, and two annonymous referees for providing valuable comments on earlier drafts of this paper.


Abstract

This paper estimates the marginal revenue product of a premium women's college basketball player. Ordinary least squares estimates indicate that acquiring another one of these players generates nearly $250,000 annually for her team. Quantile regression estimates, however, show that these quantitative effects vary substantially across teams: Players at less successful programs generate little revenue for their team, while those at the elite programs generate considerable revenues. The results provide empirical evidence that schools may have the ability to capture economic rents from the best players at the top women's basketball programs.

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