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The Left Tail of the Talent Distribution in the NBA

October 7, 2007 by


Sports fans tend to put athletes into one of three categories.  There are great players, such as Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Steve Nash.  Then there are good players, like Lamar Odom, Corey Maggette, and Ray Allen. And then there are average players.  This latter category appears to contain all players who are not “great” […]

Why Do Research in Sports Economics

October 7, 2007 by


This past week Justin Wolfers was guest blogging at Marginal Revolution.  In one of his many interesting posts Wolfers asked the question: Why do economists work on sports? To this question, Wolfers provided the following six answers (my thoughts, along with the wisdom of JC Bradbury, are below):