A team of University of Oregon economists probes one of life’s age-old questions: Is there a relationship between academic gender gaps and a university’s football team’s performance?
The answer looks to be yes. In a National Bureau of Economic Research paper this month, economists Jason Lindo, Issac Swenson and Glen Waddell tracked how much female students at the University of Oregon were outperforming male students on grade point averages. They then mapped that against the number of wins the school’s football team had that season. And they found that, when the Oregon Ducks did better, the male students did worse.
Done? Then allow me to retort.
On broadly the same topic, here are the Bowl Mania standings to date:
|2||Drunken Warthogs, sde1015||153||93.5|
|4||Memphis Jay, jshinola||152||93.1|
|6||No, the other Spartans, ehlimbach||149||92.2|
|6||You Shumock, cjcarr||149||92.2|
|9||Lexington Bearded Ducks, farls0||145||90.8|
|10||Lafayette’s Finest, UKEvan||144||90.4|
|10||Fighting Red Frozens, ahsarmiento||144||90.4|
This year the system allows you to adjust “confidence” rankings for unplayed games up and down until game time. Good to know if you suddenly get a strange feeling about the UCLA-Illinois game…