Andrew Zimbalist received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1969 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He has been in the Economics Department at Smith College since 1974 and has been a visiting professor at Hamburg University (2011), Doshisha University in Kyoto Japan (2007), the University of Geneva (2003), at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan (1985), and a visiting research fellow at Harvard University (1980). He presently is the Robert A. Woods professor of economics at Smith College and a member of the Five College Graduate Faculty. Dr. Zimbalist is also the author of Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup (2015).
Dr. Zimbalist was editor of a book series on “The Political Economy of Development in Latin America” for Westview Press from 1987 through 1994. He chaired the Latin American Scholars’ Association’s Task Force on Scholarly Relations with Cuba during 1992-94. He testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the economic effects of U.S. policy toward Cuba in March 1994 and participated in the congressional program of the Aspen Institute as an expert on the Cuban economy. Dr. Zimbalist has consulted in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program, the Atlantic Council, IRELA, the Economist Intelligence Unit and the U.S. Agency for International Development as well as for numerous companies around investment in Latin America.
Zimbalist has published several dozen articles and 25 books, including Cuban Political Economy (1988), Comparing Economic Systems (1989), The Cuban Economy: Measurement and Analysis of Socialist Performance (1989), Panama at the Crossroads (1991), Baseball and Billions (1992), Sports, Jobs and Taxes (1997),Unpaid Professionals: Commercialism and Conflict in Big-time College Sports (1999),The Economics of Sport, I & II (2001), May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy (2003), In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig (2006), The Bottom Line: Observations and Arguments on the Sports Business (2006), Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change (2007), Circling the Bases: Essays on the Challenges and Prospects of the Sports Industry (2010), The International Handbook on the Economics of Mega-Sport Events (2012), The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball (2014), Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup (2015), and Rio 2016: Olympic Myths, Hard Realities (2017).
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