Allen Sanderson served eight years as associate provost of the University, and also has been a senior research scientist at NORC. In addition to his popular two-quarter sequence in microeconomics and macroeconomics, he teaches a course and does research on the economics of sports. He has received a Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Sanderson is an 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. His most recent professional journal articles and book chapters are on the economic impact of colleges and universities on their communities, the political economy of Chicago’s unsuccessful bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, an essay on happiness and economic well-being and a tribute to Milton Friedman on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
His latest Chicago Tribune and Chicago Life columns have been on various aspects of football in American society, labor markets in the United States and abroad, the intersection of economics and philanthropy, economic humor, the economic impact of the May 2012 NATO summit in Chicago, the economics of minimum wage laws, the economics of pets and their owners, the economics of voting or not voting, government deficits and the national debt, the economics and politics of maintaining a standing military force and male-female pay differences.