Document Type

Article

Version

Author's Final Manuscript

Publication Title

Eastern Economic Journal

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

Voters in the Associated Press college basketball poll vote own-state teams and teams that are fewer miles away to higher rankings than other teams, especially at the bottom of their ballots. Game outcome data show evidence that teams that are fewer miles away are underrated—not overrated—by pollsters, especially at the top of their rankings, perhaps because pollsters fear accusations of geographic bias. When controlling for distance between pollsters and teams, there is some evidence that pollsters overrate local-conference teams at the top of their ballots, but more properly rate them the bottom of their ballots.

DOI

10.1057/eej.2014.41

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