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Spillovers in Baseball: The Effect of Veteran Presence on Peer Performance

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dc.contributor.advisor Ball, Richard J. Hong, Suk Jin 2011-06-15T14:17:15Z 2011-06-15T14:17:15Z 2011
dc.description.abstract Sports announcers and casual baseball fans often like to talk about the importance of veteran players and how their accumulated experience can bring positive influence to the team. Using a panel dataset on baseball players during 1996-2010, this paper explores the existence of veteran spillover effect and whether veteran players can indirectly improve the performance of his fellow teammates. Previous studies have largely ignored the possibility of any spillover effect among players in baseball due to their lack of interaction on the field. The regression analysis reveals that there is a small but statistically significant spillover effect from veterans. After controlling for individual player effects as well as variation in team, year and position, the average experience of teammates is found to have a positive effect on the hitter’s weighted on-base average.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Economics
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Baseball players -- Professional relationships -- Econometric models
dc.subject.lcsh Baseball players -- Econometric models
dc.title Spillovers in Baseball: The Effect of Veteran Presence on Peer Performance
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access

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