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March Madness makes us work less, study finds


DURHAM (WKOW) -- March Madness makes us work less.  That's according to new research from a Duke University professor.

Charles Clotfelter, a professor at Duke's Sanford School of Public Policy, examined data from 78 research libraries in the U.S.  His work was detailed in an article posted on Duke's website.

He studied how many people looked up articles each week. During the weeks leading up to NCAA's "Selection Sunday," Clotfelter found people looked up 5 percent more articles than the week before.

However, the number of articles looked up fell 6 percent the week after Selection Sunday.  Then they started inching back up again by 3 percent a week.

"I observed similar patterns in each of the three years, 2006 to 2008, and the post-selection dip occurred both in libraries not connected to universities with Division I teams as well as those with them," Clotfelter wrote in a press release on Duke's website.  He's writing a book about athletics and universities. "This drop in research activity in these libraries is quantitative evidence of the NCAA tournament's power to influence patterns of work."

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