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Teaching Sports Economics and Using Sports to Teach Economics

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Teaching Sports Economics and Using Sports to Teach Economics

9781800884175 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Victor A. Matheson, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Accounting, College of the Holy Cross and Aju J. Fenn, Professor of Economics, Economics and Business Department, Colorado College, US
Publication Date: 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 417 5 Extent: 288 pp
There is a dire need for a comprehensive pedagogical resource both on diverse approaches to teaching sports economics and the use of sports to teach broader principles of economic concepts. This book does exactly that. The contributions from leading scholars and teachers in both fields will help all instructors looking to raise their teaching game.

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There is a dire need for a comprehensive pedagogical resource both on diverse approaches to teaching sports economics and the use of sports to teach broader principles of economic concepts. This book does exactly that. The contributions from leading scholars and teachers in both fields will help all instructors looking to raise their teaching game.

The pedagogy in this book covers a wide array of active and engaged teaching techniques to demonstrate interesting ways to engage students and to get them excited about sports economics and economic concepts in general. Chapters cover topics such as legal case studies that impact North American leagues, discrimination and gender bias in sports economics and best practices for supervising undergraduate student research. The innovative approaches and methods presented are applicable to both small and large class sizes. Practical advice for designing field trip-, guest speaker- and case-study-based classes, and techniques for using data-driven exercises, film and straightforward classroom experiments are included.

This book will appeal to two primary audiences: undergraduate economics instructors and sports economics/management instructors. The teaching methods may be easily adapted to most economic classes, and the breadth of material provides instructors with assistance in creating course syllabi, outlining teaching plans, generating student interest and increasing the efficacy of their pedagogy.
Contributors
Contributors include: Abdullah Al‐Bahrani, Dave Berri, Stacey Brook, Amber Brown, Joshua Congdon-Hohman, Aju Fenn, Rodney Fort, Jill Harris, Brad Humphreys, Victor Matheson, Darshak Patel, Jane Ruseski, Allen Sanderson, John Siegfried, Peter von Allmen, Dustin White, Jadrian Wooten
Contents
Contents:

Introduction to Teaching Sports Economics and Using Sports to
Teach Economics xi
Victor A. Matheson and Aju J. Fenn

PART I USING SPORTS TO TEACH ECONOMICS
1 Integrating sports into economics teaching 2
John J. Siegfried and Allen R. Sanderson
2 Using sports-related empirical research to teach critical
reading skills in intermediate microeconomics 34
Peter von Allmen
3 Using ESPN 30 for 30 to teach economics – revisited 49
Abdullah Al-Bahrani and Darshak Patel
4 Uncovering bias: using sports to teach about the economics
of discrimination 65
Jill S. Harris
5 Supervising sports economics research 79
Brad R. Humphreys and Jane E. Ruseski

PART II TEACHING SPORTS ECONOMICS
6 Using guest speakers and day trips to teach sports economics 94
Aju J. Fenn
7 Sports and the law: using court cases to teach sports economics 103
Victor A. Matheson
8 Making sports economics inclusive: why you aren’t
teaching sports economics well if women are not part of
your story 128
David Berri
9 Incorporating media into the sports economics curriculum 165
Jadrian Wooten

PART III CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES FOR SPORTS
ECONOMICS – MOVING AWAY FROM
CHALK AND TALK
10 The jigsaw reading 181
Victor A. Matheson
11 Starting point bias and final offer arbitration: a classroom
experiment 188
Victor A. Matheson
12 Randomness and the hot hand fallacy 195
Joshua Congdon-Hohman and Victor A. Matheson
13 This class is a Kahoot! Using Kahoot! to test student
knowledge in class 200
Jadrian Wooten
14 Arbitration in the classroom: a classroom experiment to
model MLB’s salary arbitration 208
Amber Brown
15 Measuring productivity in Major League Baseball 226
Stacey Brook
16 Teaching marginal revenue product using Moneyball 235
Dustin White and Jadrian Wooten
17 Economical sports economics classroom activities 241
Rodney Fort

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