Andrew Zimbalist

Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics

Andrew Zimbalist

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2018
Tuesday, 3–4 p.m.
Wednesday, 2:30–4 p.m.
And by appointment.

Wright Hall 103



Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University

B.A., University of Wisconsin


Andrew Zimbalist has been in the economics department at Smith College since 1974 and has been a visiting professor at Doshisha University, the University of Geneva and Hamburg University.

Zimbalist has consulted in Latin America for the United Nations Development Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development and numerous companies. He has consulted in the sports industry for players' associations, cities, companies, teams and leagues.

Selected Publications

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),  and Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup (2015). 

He has two books that will be published in 2017 on the reform of intercollegiate athletics and on the process of defeating the Boston bid to host the 2024 Olympics.