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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Andrew Finley

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This thesis investigates the correlation between professional sports seasons and work-from-home (WFH) rates in the urban context, unveiling the socio-economic interplay that shapes modern work dynamics. The study examines data across nine major U.S. cities, exploring how cities that host pro sports leagues—MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLS have lower WFH rates while that sport is in season. The findings highlight a varied impact, with NFL and NBA seasons correlating with reduced WFH rates, suggesting these sports foster in-office attendance. Conversely, MLB shows an atypical positive association, highlighting a unique cultural impact on remote work tendencies. Intriguingly, the NHL's effect differs based on its local importance, suggesting nuanced social dynamics. These outcomes have significant implications for policymakers, urban planners, and investors, indicating that professional sports can act as more than mere entertainment; they are pivotal in shaping the workforce's locale and mode of operation.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.