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New York Harper Lecture with Allen R. Sanderson
Economics, Sports, and the University of Chicago

Cost: $20 General Admission
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The publication of Moneyball in 2003 was certainly not the first attempt to put sports, statistics, and economics under one roof (or between two covers). But it generated a vast amount of popular interest among intelligent lay readers, various media, and academic scholars in the application of models and measurement and strategic decision making to winning ball games and making money at it.

Allen R. Sanderson will discuss the hits, runs, and errors of the past 50 years to examine where the intersection of these fields—sports, economics, and statistics—has advanced the ball, where it comes up short of the goal line or net, and where it’s likely “headed” (puns intended) in the years ahead. Furthermore, Sanderson will examine the economics of big-ticket or mega events—the Olympic Games, World Cup, Super Bowl, national political conventions—as well as college athletics in the United States.

Sanderson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics and served as associate provost at the University of Chicago from 1984 to 1991. In the College he teaches a popular two-quarter sequence in introductory economics and a course on the economics of sports and organized a team-taught multidisciplinary course entitled Sport, Society, and Science. In 1998 he received the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

To learn more about the topic, read Allen Sanderson's analysis of Chicago's Bid for the Olympics and the article "Play, Pray, and Prey Ball".
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Event Information
Thursday, Apr 10 2014 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd St
New York, NY