Skip Sauer on the Economics of MoneyballOct 23 2006
Skip Sauer of Clemson University and EconTalk's Russ Roberts discuss the economics of Michael Lewis's Moneyball. Michael Lewis claims that the Oakland Athletics [A's] found an undervalued asset--the ability of a baseball player to draw a walk--and used that insight to succeed while spending less money than their rivals. Is it true? Drawing on Sauer's research, Sauer and Roberts try and answer the question and lots of others along the way. How competitive is the baseball industry? Why do some baseball skills get more attention than others? How important is defensive ability? Along the way you'll learn why Kevin Youkilis is a better lead-off hitter than you think and some of the peculiar incentives facing baseball teams and owners.Mailbag (Time mark 54:01)
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Oct 30 2006 at 12:52pm
Hey Professor Roberts,
I’ve been listening to this podcast since the first few episodes and I am very happy to see how well you’ve expanded on the original premise. The guests you have are always entertaining and very knowledgeable. I always enjoy the economic jokes too. As an economics major in the college of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University I’ve found this resource invaluable in terms of reinforcing my economic analysis skills. I’ve been meaning to chalk the sidewalks outside the econ building to try and get you more listeners as this podcast is a complementary good to most of the classes these students will take. If I may offer a request regarding a future episode, I would really like to see an episode covering international trade, maybe discuss the Doha round and the future of trade relations in an ever flattening world. Keep up the good work. Max Roberts
Oct 31 2006 at 4:46am
Another great podcast Russ. Just wanted to say thanks for the podcasts. I never miss one. I keep an eye out for interesting new economics content on the Net and your podcast is my favourite.
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