Does high payroll necessarily mean higher performance for all baseball statistics? Major League Baseball (MLB) is a league of different teams in different cities all across the United States, and those locations strongly influence the market of the team and thus the payroll. Year after year, a certain amount of teams, including the usual ones in big markets, choose to spend a great amount on payroll in hopes of improving their team and its player value output, but at times the statistics produced by these teams may not match the difference in payroll with other teams. This observation invites a few questions for investigation. • Are high-payroll teams actually seeing an improvement in results? • Are the results between high-payroll and non-high-payroll teams actually statistically different? • What statistics present the strongest relation with high payroll increase? • What statistics present the weakest relation with payroll increase? The questions and possibilities are endless, so those are just the beginning, but the purpose of this study is to answer the questions raised above and to investigate if high-payroll teams truly perform better, and then interpret what the results actually mean.
Can Ecuador and Malaysia consolidate their democracies? These countries are situated in regions that contain several countries that have been classified as partly free and non-free democracies due to a lack of consolidation. Analyses of the above-mentioned countries are vital for understanding the internal stimuli that affect the consolidation process. This research will consider three factors investigating the prospects of democracy consolidation in Ecuador and Malaysia: free and fair elections, a free and independent press, and economic development. Through examining the most recent elections, recent government practices towards the media, and economic development over the past 10 years, this research will investigate the prospects of democracy consolidation in Ecuador and Malaysia.
Can a sports franchise be an economic necessity for a city? For decades there have been studies and projects done about the effect sports franchises can have on their surrounding area; but most of the focus falls on the role that taxpayer funding plays in stadium construction or the economic impact that revenue and job creation from specific franchises plays on the city that hosts them. Very few studies exist that determine exactly how a sports franchise can impact its surrounding area. This is for a myriad of reasons. in larger cities with booming entertainment industries, the sports market is almost impossible to measure, as if fans were not spending money on the teams, they would simply repurpose those funds into an auxiliary entertainment market. Therefore, it shows no economic impact since the money is still being spent elsewhere. However, what about the smaller cities that have a more minor entertainment market? Are their sports teams then more valuable to the local economy? This is a question that is often ignored when studies are done on sports and the economy. In areas that have a less dynamic entertainment and tourism industry, a sports team should be able to play a much larger role in not just the structure of a city's economy, but also the entire makeup of the culture of that area. Therefore, a sports franchise can, in the right environment, create an atmosphere of culture and tourism while defining the city's identity and drastically affecting the local community's economy. The cities Indianapolis and Cleveland will be used to prove this point, as they match the criteria of having a lackluster entertainment industry and a struggling tourism market.
This paper asserts the link between the current wave of right-wing populism and the theoretical flaws of our current system of globalization. In the same way that the well being of trees can be traced to its root system, this thesis states that the rise of right-wing populists should have been expected, given the way in which globalization was engineered. In order to prove this point, the paper takes a brief look at the economic theories that went behind globalization, how these theories became implemented, who won and who lost as a consequence, as well as how these theories directly led to the factors that fed the rise of people and groups such as Donald Trump in the United Stated, Brexit movement in the United Kingdom, and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. Finally, the paper suggests that there is a need to change the current concept of globalization, and that in case changes do not occur, more chaos could lie ahead. The right-wing populists can be labeled as negative, but our way of exercising globalization is even more harmful.