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The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 65–78 | Cite as

High school athletics and the wages of black males

  • Bradley T. Ewing
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Abstract

This article examines the effects of high school athletic participation on the future wages of black males. Our evidence suggests that former black male athletes receive significantly greater wages than their otherwise comparable counterparts. Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth was used for the analysis and allows for comparisons of the athlete premium to be made at different points in time. Both the human capital and signaling models are discussed. There appears to be a once and for all enhancement to human capital that accrues to black males who participated in high school athletics. The article adds to the literature on determinants of black male wages and on the earnings effects of athletic participation.

Keywords

Human Capital Black Male Sport Participation Wage Premium Wage Equation 
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