New York City Harper Lecture

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of New York City

The University of Chicago Alumni Association

April 10, 2014: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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


Grand Hyatt New York
109 East 42nd Street at Grand Central Terminal
New York, New York

Event Details

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.


Cost: $20/person for general admission
$10/person for recent graduates (College alumni of the past ten years and graduate alumni of the past five years)

Two complimentary registrations for members of the Alumni Leadership, Chicago, Harper, and Phoenix Societies

Includes program and refreshments


Register Online

Deadline: 4/8/2014


6:00 PM-7:00 PM: Registration and Reception

7:00 PM-8:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion

Speaker Profiles

Allen R. Sanderson (Speaker)

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.


Chanel Hampton 

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