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Shane Sanders

Professor of of behavioral sports economics, applied econometrics, and applied game theory

With published research in the fields of behavioral sports economics, applied econometrics, and applied game theory, Dr. Shane Sanders joined Syracuse University from Western Illinois University in Fall 2016. At WIU, Sanders served as the Cecil P. McDonough Endowed Professor of Economics.

Sanders is presently an Editorial Board member of the journal Managerial Finance and an Associate Editor of the Academy of Economics & Finance Journal. His research portfolio includes recent peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of Sport Economics, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, JAMA Network Open, Economics Letters, Public Choice, Theory & Decision, European Journal of Political Economy, Mathematical Social Science, and Southern Economic Journal, among others. Sanders also collaborated with Syracuse University assistant professor Dr. Justin Ehrlich, Syracuse University sport analytics graduate Justin Perline ’19 and University of North Georgia economics professor Joel Potter to win a Finalist Prize at the 2019 Carnegie Mellon Sports Analytics Conference Reproducible Research Contest.

Since 2017, Sanders has served as an analytical scouting consultant to a premiere international basketball team. In that time, his work has supported three league championships.

Sanders completed a PhD in economics (with field specializations in econometrics and applied game theory and dissertation work in sports economics) from Kansas State University in 2007. In 2002, he completed a BA in economics with a minor in mathematics from Indiana University Bloomington (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).


Ph.D., Kansas State University