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'This is a remarkable book. Charles Clotfelter uses the tools of policy economics (tools that he wields with the best of them) to shed light on one of the most vexing issues in higher education: why do so many excellent universities devote so much money and attention to big-time intercollegiate sports? He presents surprising facts and original analyses, makes persuasive proposals for change, and delivers the package with an unusual and welcome combination of wit and rigor. This is must reading for university administrators, and flat out fun reading for all who are interested in universities or intercollegiate athletics.' Paul N. Courant, University of Michigan

'Charles Clotfelter has provided a valuable and remarkably well-researched assessment of the role of 'big-time' college athletics in American higher education. Bringing to bear his considerable experience in economic and social policy, he has provided an unusually well-balanced analysis of the pros and cons of including this form of commercial entertainment as a university mission, thereby resulting in a book that is an important and fascinating addition to this highly controversial subject.' James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus, University of Michigan

'A fascinating, insightful discussion of the arms race that is big-time intercollegiate athletics. Clotfelter clarifies how this parallel universe in large universities exists essentially independent of faculty or administrative control, being instead the creature of powerful self-perpetuating groups of 'boosters'. The convincing, novel demonstration of the role of tax subsidies in supporting these operations should raise every reader's blood pressure.' Daniel S. Hamermesh, University of Texas, Austin

'This book offers an excellent discussion of the role of big-time athletics on university campuses today. Instead of either lambasting varsity athletics across the board or celebrating them uncritically, Clotfelter's persuasive data, thoughtful analysis, and balanced treatment make a strong case for acknowledging athletics as an integral part of life on many campuses and dealing straightforwardly with both the problems and the benefits this entails.' Nannerl O. Keohane, Princeton University, and Former President, Duke University

'With his book Big-Time Sports in American Universities, Charles Clotfelter has done those of us who care about balancing the mission of higher education institutions with the impact of high-level college athletics an enormous favor. Providing great insights and careful analysis, Dr Clotfelter reveals both the rationale behind 'big-time' sports programs at American universities and the consequences - good and ill - that follow. Hopefully, this fresh look at a decades-old (and uniquely American) issue will encourage and guide the ongoing reform efforts aimed at finding the right balance in the costs and benefits of big-time college sports.' William Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland

'Charles Clotfelter offers an original, informative perspective on a question that has confounded scholars of sports: why are American universities uniquely devoted to providing big-time sports entertainment? This book is crammed with new facts and analysis about intercollegiate sports, and it offers fresh insights into why college sports programs sometimes are out of control even in elite universities.' Roger Noll, Stanford University

'Finally an honest, balanced, sober, well-informed, and highly intelligent analysis of the nature, role, and impact of big-time athletics on American higher education has arrived. Clotfelter's new book, which judiciously deploys an impressive variety of data sources together with expert and original analysis, should be required reading by anyone with a genuine interest in the future of American higher education and the role and impact of big-time sports in the academy.' Harold S. Shapiro, President Emeritus, Princeton University

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Charles Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University and a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research has covered the economics of education, public finance and state lotteries; tax policy and charitable behavior; and policies related to the nonprofit sector. His previous books on higher education are Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education (1996) and (with Ronald Ehrenberg, Malcolm Getz and John Siegfried) Economic Challenges in Higher Education (1991). His most recent book is After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (2004) and he is the editor of the volumes American Universities in a Global Market (2010) and (with Michael Rothschild) Studies of Supply and Demand in Higher Education (1993). He is also the author of Federal Tax Policy and Charitable Giving (1985) and (with Philip Cook) Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America (1989). Professor Clotfelter has taught at the University of Maryland and spent one year at the U.S. Treasury's Office of Tax Analysis. At Duke he has been a faculty member in the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs, now the Sanford School of Public Policy; the economics department; and the law school. He has served as Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Planning, Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Academic Programs.


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Fascinating and balanced account 23 septembre 2011
Par Phelps Gates - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There are plenty of books about what's wrong with college sports, often in the "ain't-it-awful" genre, and a long article in the latest Atlantic is an indictment of the way "student-athletes" are exploited. Clotfelter's book is a more balanced account: he's an economist and he gives an excellent description of just what the costs and benefits are of big-time college sports, both tangible and intangible. And the book explains how colleges got into the entertainment business in the first place and why they're not likely to leave it any time soon. He doesn't neglect the exploitation issue, and suggests various ways in which it could be fixed (but probably won't be). His analysis has some surprises and I learned a lot.
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A very important book at a crucial time for college sports 27 juillet 2012
Par Billy Bob Sixpack - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book, handsomely bound and well-edited, is a timely dissertation on college athletics and the adverse and, sometimes, positive effects of overzealous alumni support and money-grubbing business interests. With the impact of the Penn State scandal still unfolding, this book should be read by anyone vaguely interested in the future of intercollegiate athletics and student-athletes.
Helpful information 30 juin 2014
Par rhopal - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I bought this for research into athletics at postsecondary institutions. It was helpful information for my research. I would buy it again.
Data don't lie 14 juillet 2013
Par M. Atkins - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is *the* definitive account by an esteemed Duke economist of why American universities front for professional sports despite more than a century of controversy and criticism. Although the book is long on data and short on solutions (his main conclusion is that at the very least universities need to admit to their addiction), the data are hard to dispute. The book is extremely well-written and engrossing. For a big sports fan like me, the story is both depressing but fascinating. Why put themselves through all the scandals and hypocrisy? Why indeed.
College Sports 15 décembre 2012
Par Gadget geek - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book very much. The author was partial, then impartial from both sides of the college sports
argument. Whether you think the current system works or is in disarray, this is a thought-provoking book.
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