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The Marriage Premium and Productivity: The Case of NBA Players

Ze'ev Shtudiner ()

International Journal of Economic Sciences, 2015, vol. 4, issue 4, 53-65

Abstract: Numerous studies have shown that there is a marriage premium among male workers - married men's wages are higher than those of single men. One explanation for the existence of a marriage premium is increased productivity. While the estimation of workers' productivity in the standard labor market is often inaccurate and subjective, throughput can be estimated easily in professional sports. This study examines whether a marriage premium exists in relation to the performance and efficiency of professional league basketball players in the United States (NBA). A total marriage premium of 16.4% was found in a comprehensive analysis of the performance of all league players. A more thorough analysis showed that there is a higher marriage premium among international players compared to American players.

Keywords: Productivity; wage gap; marriage; basketball (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J31 J70 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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