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Eastern Economic Journal
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.
This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Eastern Economics Journal. The definitive publisher-authenticated version of A. Nutting, “Discrimination and Information: Geographic Bias in College Basketball Polls.” Eastern Economic Journal doi: 10.1057/eej.2014.41, is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/eej/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/eej201441a.html
A. Nutting, "“Discrimination and Information: Geographic Bias in College Basketball Polls.” Eastern Economic Journal, forthcoming.