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    Cheating in college football : an economic approach by Cohen, Zachary

    The main focus of this study is to take an economic approach to cheating in collegiate football. The literature on the economic structure of the NCAA and the literature on cheating in competition occupy two distinct knowledge bases. This paper seeks to combine these two literatures through a game theory approach to cheating in NCAA football. A cheating game is defined and a best response function is derived. A simplified game is then used to solve for a close form solution to the best response function. This closed form solution supports the fact that the structure of the NCAA encourages teams to cheat. A empirical model will is used to verify the nature of the NCAA’s enforcement strategies. This model implies that the NCAA indirectly monitors its member institutions.