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The NBA and the influx of international basketball players

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The determinants of salaries for professional athletes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) are examined to investigate how international athletes have fared relative to athletes trained in the United States. It is found that international basketball players were paid a large premium above other players of similar skills and characteristics for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons, after which the premium disappeared. This temporary premium is likely attributable to a 'winner's curse' experienced by NBA teams before investing significant resources in scouting and evaluating international players.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2004-06-01

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