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International Labor Mobility and the National Basketball Association

Evan Osborne

in The Oxford Handbook of Sports Economics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387773
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195387773.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks

International Labor Mobility and the National Basketball Association

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This chapter investigates the unique properties of free mobility in highly selective labor markets as high-level sports leagues, and reviews the relevant theory and empirical findings from the immigration literature. It then examines what is known so far from empirical work on wages in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and whether global basketball is governed by comparative advantage. The empirical literature on wage and employment effects of immigration leans toward the position that immigration has few negative effects on either. NBA teams may essentially treat foreign players as lottery tickets, men whose potential is not well understood at the time of signing, because the estimates of their human capital are not as precise as those for American players, whose development has been observed for a long time. Furthermore, some further investigation of the effects of foreign players on the NBA labor market, and the directions for further research, are reported.

Keywords: National Basketball Association; international labor mobility; immigration; wages; employment; foreign players; labor market

Article.  7103 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; Industry Studies ; Labour and Demographic Economics

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