Allen Sanderson

Senior Lecturer of Economics, University of Chicago
Allen Sanderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.  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 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 highly-acclaimed, team-taught multidisciplinary course entitled “Sport, Society and Science.”

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.  He writes a bi-monthly column “On Economics” for Chicago Life. In 1998 he was a recipient of the University of Chicago’s prestigious Quantrell Award for teaching excellence.  He also ran the Chicago Marathon in 1998, 1999 and 2002.  His local community/volunteer commitments have included STRIVE (a tutoring program), and the Intercity Youth Charitable Trust. 

Sanderson serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sports Economics and as a referee for the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Business, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources,and Southern Economic Journal.  Recent speaking engagements include lectures in Osaka, Japan; the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism; Clemson University; BYU; three Universities in China; the Economic Club of Chicago with baseball commissioner Bud Selig; and more than 20 University of Chicago alumni clubs across the country.