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Revisiting Gladwell’s Hockey Players: Influence of Relative Age Effects upon Earning the PhD

dc.contributor.authorKniffin, Kevin M.
dc.contributor.authorHanks, Andrew S.
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-17T16:58:33Z
dc.date.available2020-11-17T16:58:33Z
dc.date.issued2013-09-01
dc.description.abstractWe examine the influence of relative age effects (RAE) upon whether someone earns the PhD. Drawing on the 2010 Survey of Earned Doctorates, we find no significant influence of RAE. When controlling for discipline-specific variation, we also find no influence of RAE on the age of people earning the PhD and no influence on post-graduate salary. To the extent that earning the PhD is considered an outstanding achievement, our findings support the view that redshirting is unnecessary and costly. We estimate a relative salary loss due to redshirting of over $138,000 in lifetime earnings for individuals who earn the PhD.
dc.description.legacydownloadsWP157.pdf: 33 downloads, before Oct. 1, 2020.
dc.identifier.other15842059
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/74799
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.rightsRequired Publisher Statement: Published by the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, ILR School, Cornell University.
dc.subjecthigher education
dc.subjectrelative age effects
dc.subjectdoctoral candidates
dc.subjectPhDs
dc.subjectpost-graduate salary
dc.subjectMalcolm Gladwell
dc.subjecthockey players
dc.titleRevisiting Gladwell’s Hockey Players: Influence of Relative Age Effects upon Earning the PhD
dc.typearticle
local.authorAffiliationKniffin, Kevin M.: Cornell University
local.authorAffiliationHanks, Andrew S.: Cornell University

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