Allen Sanderson

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  • Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Senior Research Scientist at the National Opinion Research Center, and in the College


Allen Sanderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics (and former associate chair) at the University of Chicago and a Senior Research Scientist at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC).A graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Chicago, he served as Associate Provost at the University of Chicago from 1984-91.He has also taught at Princeton University and the College of William and Mary.In the College he currently teaches a popular two-quarter sequence in introductory economics, a course on the economics of sports, and organized a new, highly-acclaimed, team-taught multidisciplinary course entitled "Sport, Society and Science."

Recent professional publications include research on the economics of sports stadiums (in the Marquette Sports Law Journal and with Robert Baade in Noll and Zimbalist, Sports, Jobs and Taxes and in Hendricks, Advances in the Economics of Sports, Volume 2), free agency in sports (with John Siegfried in Economic Affairs), using sports to teach economics (with John Siegfried in Becker and Watts, Teaching Economics to Undergraduates), home-court advantage in the NBA (with Ken Rasinski in Oeconomica), labor markets in professional sports (with Sherwin Rosen in The Economic Journal), dimensions of competitive balance (Journal of Sports Economics), teaching economics (with John Siegfried, Southern Economics Journal),and on competitive balance (with John Siegfried, Journal of Sports Economics).

Sanderson's contributions at NORC include research on education, labor markets, and affirmative action on contracts sponsored by the National Science Foundation, TIAA-CREF, the State of Texas, the Educational Testing Service, U.S. News and World Report, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Mr. Sanderson is an oft-cited authority on sports economics issues, a contributor to op-ed pages on sports and non-sports topics in newspapers around the country and a frequent guest on national and Chicago-area television and radio programs.

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