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    Attractiveness in the National Hockey League (NHL) by O'Brien, Tyler James

    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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    How much is too much? : Illicit behavior as a salary determinant in the National Football League by Nichols, Ryan Lane

    This thesis is an investigation of the affects illicit behaviors have on player salaries in the National Football League (NFL). Illicit behaviors include criminal arrests and convictions, and acts fine-able by the NFL. Previous studies in this area have been limited and with the exception of a few have focused on salary determinants which did not include behavior. Further extensive research has been conducted on the affect criminal behavior has on income and entry into the American labor market. An Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) model is used to explore different offensive positions and the role illicit behaviors play in salary determination. The regression t-values show varying results for different positions based on varying illicit acts. Despite the few instances where salary is affected at better than the 10% level, the evidence points to limited economic repercussions for players who commit illicit acts.