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Moneyball - Analytical Sports Management

This course organized by UZH Department of Business Administration in cooperation with ETHZ Department of Management, Technology, and Economics

The Center for Research in Sports Administration (CRSA) in cooperation with the ETHZ and USI regularly invites guest lecturers as part of the Swiss Doctoral Program for Research in Sports for Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Important - Application (Deadline March 10, 2019)

UZH Ph.D. students (advanced Master's students are also welcome to apply) have to fill in this Google Form to apply for the seminar. Please note that Ph.D. students will have priority.

Syllabus (PDF, 151 KB)

Dates & Times

May 6 - May 10, 2019

Morning sessions (10.15 - 12.00)

Afternoon sessions (14.00 - 15.45)

Rooms: see course catalog

About Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is Professor of Politics and Economics and Director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). He also is a Research Associate at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics.

As a researcher and teacher, Anderson works at the intersection of politics and economics. His research focuses on the micro-foundations of markets and democracy and examines how economic and political structures shape citizens’ judgments and behaviors.

Anderson has written on the popularity of governments and the legitimacy of political institutions; the link between welfare states, income inequality, and citizen behavior; and the political behavior of immigrants. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceBritish Journal of Political ScienceComparative Political Studies, and many others. Books include Losers’ Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy (Oxford University Press), and Democracy, Inequality, and Representation: A Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation).

Anderson is the recipient of a number of scientific prizes, including the American Political Science Association’s Heinz Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review and the Best Article Award from the Journal of Politics. Twice Anderson was elected to serve as President of the American Political Science Association’s Sections on Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior and European Politics & Society, and he has served on the editorial boards of a number of top journals, including the American Journal of Political ScienceElectoral StudiesEuropean Union Politics, and the Journal of Politics.

Anderson also has an interest in the political economy of sports. His book on football analytics, co-authored with David Sally, is titled The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football Is Wrong (Penguin). It tells the story of analytics in elite football and combines social science principles and methods with football data to understand player and team performance. Anderson has extensive experience in the football industry and is a regular speaker at analytics and sports industry events, including the prestigious Sports Analytics Conference held annually in Boston by MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Anderson previously held appointments at Rice University, Northwestern University, the State University of New York, Syracuse University, and the University of Oxford. Most recently, he was Professor of Government and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

A native of Germany, he was educated at the University of Cologne, Virginia Tech, and Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his PhD.

His Google Scholar profile can be found here.

His ORCID profile can be accessed here.

You can find his keynote speech at the CRSA conference on Sports, Data, and Journalism here:

Credits: 3 ECTS
Assistant at Chair UZH: Anil Özdemir
Assistant at Chair ETHZ: Surabhi Pasarakonda