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Winning football teams and male students’ grades negatively correlated

A new study by the National Bureau for Economic Research found that the more games won by the University of Oregon football team, the worse the grades of male students at the university. According to Inside Higher Ed:

Their basic analysis shows that “a 25 percent increase in the football team’s winning percentage (or three additional wins) leads males to earn GPAs as if their SAT scores were 27 points lower.” Additional analyses (seeking to control for grade inflation, number of credits taken, and other factors) show varying degrees of diminished academic performance by men, but in all cases male students saw their grades dip in relation to female students there as the football team won more.

“Three extra wins in a season increases the gender gap [in student grades] by about 8 percent,” Lindo said in an interview.

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