What is RELATIVE AGE EFFECT? What does RELATIVE AGE EFFECT mean? RELATIVE AGE EFFECT meaning
What is Relative Age Effect (RAE)?
What is Relative Age Effect? (7)
The term relative age effect (RAE) is used to describe a bias, evident in the upper echelons of youth sport and academia, where participation is higher amongst those born early in the relevant selection period than would be expected from the normalised distribution of live births. The selection period is usually the calendar year, the academic year or the sporting season. The difference in maturity - which can be extreme at young ages: a six-year old born in January is almost 17% older than a six-year old born in December in the same year - causes a performance gap that persists over time.
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