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E. Frank Stephenson
''Bowl game participation and college football teams' subsequent on-field and recruiting success: a regression discontinuity approach''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.3 )
College football teams often lose money participating in postseason bowl games, yet rarely decline bowl invitations. One explanation is that colleges recoup their losses through increased state appropriations or alumni donations. In addition, coaches often claim that bowl games yield other benefits such as stronger recruiting or more on-field preparation for the subsequent season. This paper uses a regression discontinuity model to examine how college football teams' bowl games affects their subsequent on-field performance and recruiting success. The results find no evidence that playing in a bowl game benefits college football teams' recruiting or on-field success in the following season.
Keywords: college football, bowl game, regression discontinuity, recruiting
JEL: L8 - Industry Studies: Services: General
Z0 - Other Special Topics: General
Manuscript Received : Jan 23 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 30 2022

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