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Final Post: Efficiency Helps the Middle-Class of Baseball, But Not Those at the Top or Bottom

By • Aug 19th, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research, results

I have finished my research project regarding how wage efficiency impacts the performance of a MLB baseball team. While I previously described such efficiency, or net value, as a measure of how much a player is overpaid or underpaid, I realize that this is not the best description. Rather, a better description of net value […]



Update: Bring in the Closer, this Ballgame is Almost Over

By • Jul 26th, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve realized recently that I have not updated this blog in well over a month. As such, I would like to provide a small update as to where I stand: The good news is that I am towards the end of this project. I have finished calculating all the values, or Marginal Revenue Products (MRP) […]



Update: Regression Output for MLB Team and Player Value

By • Jun 28th, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

I am currently working on finding player values for all MLB players in the 2011 to 2015 seasons. However, this task is very tedious and requires a lot of time to do properly. Considering that it will take a good deal of time before I can find player values, and in turn team values, I […]



Update: Apparently Wage Inefficiency May Be a Good Thing in Baseball

By • Jun 2nd, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

I am currently reading numerous research articles and books relating to baseball economics to help me with my project regarding the impact of wage efficiency on win percentage in baseball, specifically regarding calculations for player value and team wage efficiency. One source in particular that I have found helpful is the book “The Baseball Economist” by economist J.C. […]



Abstract: The Economic Value of a Major League Baseball Player and its Effects on a Team’s Success

By • Apr 1st, 2016 • Category: Economics, Honors Thesis, Research

Every year Major League Baseball (MLB) fans from Boston to San Diego voice their different opinions over the salaries of their teams’ players. Specifically, the conversation often focuses on the question of whether a player in question is being overpaid by the team or underpaid by the team. In his 1974 paper “Pay and Performance […]



Blog Post 4: Understanding John Adams and Samuel Adams through John Locke- Conclusion and Findings

By • Jul 6th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Paper, Research

Rob_O’Gara_Final_Research_Paper I have completed my research! I know it has been a long time since my last post. The reason being is that I wanted to make sure my research paper was at least near perfect before I published my conclusions. While I have not done a lot of research since my third blog post, […]



Blog Post 3: Understanding John Adams and Samuel Adams through John Locke- Discussing Executive Power Relative to Legislative Power

By • May 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As promised, I am posting a part of the essay I am writing to give you a sense of what my essay will look like. I have chosen to discuss John and Samuel Adams’ distinct interpretations of John Locke’s ideas on the role of executive power. In The Second Treatise, Locke argues that the legislature and […]



Blog Post 2: Understanding John Adams and Samuel Adams through John Locke- Notes from Harvard, Narrowing my Topic, and Preparing an Essay

By • May 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Last week I traveled to Harvard University’s Houghton Library to look at some copies of The Independent Advertiser. The Independent Advertiser was a Boston newspaper which ran from 1748 to 1750 and in which a young Samuel Adams advocated his republican ideals. I was fascinated to discover the documents I handled were original copies of […]



Blog Post 1: Understanding John Adams and Samuel Adams through John Locke – Choosing Topics to Study Further

By • May 21st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my first few days of research I have made significant progress discovering the political ideas of John Locke which influenced the ideas of John Adams and Samuel Adams respectively. So far I have discovered seven different areas where John Adams and …



Understanding John Adams’ and Samuel Adams’ visions for the United States through John Locke

By • Mar 20th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My research project, “Understanding John Adams’ and Samuel Adams’ visions for the United States through John Locke” will study how John Adams and Samuel Adams contrast in their visions for the future of the United States through analyzing their different interpretations of the English philosopher John Locke. These two cousins went from being close allies […]