Leo Kahane


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Sullivan Hall 120


Ph.D. - Columbia University

Brief Biography:

I earned my undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. I later received my Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in the City of New York. During my doctoral program at Columbia I received a Rotary International scholarship which allowed me to spend a year as a special Ph.D. student at Tel Aviv University, Israel. My research fields include applied
econometrics, empirical political economy and sports economics. I am the founder of the Journal of Sports Economics of which I was the editor for from 1999 to 2015.
I am currently the Michael A. Ruane Distinguished Chair in Economics.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Sports Economics, Applied Econometrics, International Trade, Public funding of stadiums, sports labor relations

Selected Publications:

Kahane, L. "The Impact of the 34th America’s Cup on Taxable Sales In the San Francisco Bay Area," forthcoming, Managerial Finance . Managerial Finance .

Kahane, L. “Politicizing the Mask: Political, Economic and Demographic Factors Affecting Mask Wearing Behavior in the United States,” forthcoming, Eastern Economic Journal. . Eastern Economic Journal. .

Kahane, L. “The Impact of 1998 Massachusetts Gun Laws on Suicide: A Synthetic Control Approach,” (with Sannicandro), Economics Letters, 174: 104-108, 2019. . Economics Letters, 2019. .174: 104-108.

Kahane, L. “Pay Dispersion and Productivity in Sports,” in Personnel Economics in Sports, Neil Longley (editor), Edward Elgar, 2018. . Edward Elgar

Kahane, L. Longley, N. (2013) The Effects of Coworker Heterogeneity on Firm-Level Output: Assessing the Impacts of Cultural and Language Diversity in the NHL. Review of Economics and Statistics.(95), 302-314.

Kahane, L. Shmanske, S. , . (2012) Salary Dispersion and Team Production: Evidence from the NHL. Oxford University Press

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