Date of Award

December 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Frederick A Hanssen

Committee Member

Raymond Sauer

Committee Member

Scott R Templeton


This paper adds to the literature on the relative age effect in athletic, academic, and professional pursuits. It estimates the effects of month of birth on professional athletes in the NHL, NBA, and MLB regarding their performance and “making it” to the professional level. I used data from each of the sports and compared their month of birth distributions to what we would expect from the general population and analyzed the relationship between player’s month of birth and their performance statistics.



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