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Attractiveness in the National Hockey League (NHL)

by O'Brien, Tyler James

Abstract

This paper investigates whether or not attractiveness plays a role in player salary in the National Hockey League (NHL). In this study equations are constructed with variables that attempt to explain why players make the money they do. Beauty is the variable of interest as it aims to find whether forwards, defensemen, and goalies benefit from being aesthetically pleasing. Studies show attractive people make more money than their less pleasing counterparts but no study proves this bias in professional sports. Results from the regressions are used to make conclusions on determinants of NHL player salary. The results show forwards get paid more for being beautiful, while defensemen get paid less for being attractive. Goaltenders salaries show no sign of correlation with good looks.

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bachelor

Bachelor of Arts

Includes bibliographical references.

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None

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:3417
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
83 pages : illustrations (some color)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Fenn, Aju
Department/Program
Department of Economics and Business
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2011