Socioeconomic Effects of Steroids on Major league Baseball

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Socioeconomic Effects of Steroids on Major league Baseball
Grew, Michael
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Baseball ( jstor )
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Performance enhancing substances ( jstor )
Sample variance ( jstor )
Standard deviation ( jstor )
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If you follow baseball or have ever been invested in the sports world, then you have most likely heard of the infamous “Steroid Era.” Stemming from the early 1990s and continuing into the late 2000s an unbelievable increase in offensive production by Major League baseball was observed. The ensuing record smashing seasons had many people asking questions about performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and led to investigations of many MLB players and Major League Baseball itself. Disregarding the ethical issues involved with steroids it is easy to see how a professional baseball player would elect to use them in attempt to increase his value from an economic standpoint. Surprisingly, steroids weren’t added to the MLB’s banned substance list until 1991. Testing of major league players for this banned substance did not begin until 2003. Economic determinants during this period may have been a large reason for the slow response to govern the use of these PEDs. Although there has been plenty of research and articles written on the subject, I have not come across any working papers that take a similar approach to discover what impact that steroids had on the attendance of MLB games. In this paper I will measure the popularity of baseball during this “Steroid Era” and how the influence of “PEDs” affected attendance and interest in the sport. ( en )

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