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Neil Metz, Ph.D., is a professor of economics with research interests in urban, behavioral and sports economics. His research has focused on valuing local amenities (open space, schools) and disamenities (earthquakes) using home prices. He has also used detailed golf data from the PGA TOUR to examine behavioral issues in tournaments (performance under pressure, peer effects). One study was awarded the Shotlink Intelligence Prize from the PGA TOUR, featured in Golfweek and on the Golf Channel, and he was invited to present this work at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Colorado
  • M.A., Economics, University of Colorado
  • B.E., Civil Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

  • “High Stakes, Experts, and Recency Bias: Evidence from a Sports Gambling Contest” (with Chintamani Jog), Applied Economic Letters, 1-5, 2022.
  • “Rank and Performance in Dynamic Tournaments: Evidence from the PGA TOUR” (with Daniel Hickman and Craig Kerr), Journal of Sports Economics 20(4), 509-534, 2019.
  • “Peer Effects in a Competitive Environment: Evidence from the PGA TOUR” (with Daniel Hickman), Economic Inquiry 56(1), 208-225, 2018.
  • “Neighborhood Income Inequality and Property Crime” (with Mariya Burdina), Urban Studies 55(1), 133-150, 2018.
  • “The Cost of Induced Seismicity: A Hedonic Analysis” (with Travis Roach and Jordan A. Williams), Economics Letters 160, 86-90, 2017.
  • “Goal Attainability and Performance: Evidence from Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards” (with Mariya Burdina and Scott Hiller), Journal of Economic Psychology 58, 77-88, 2017.
  • “Value for Open Space: Access and Protection Level”, Growth and Change 48(1), 127-152, 2017.
  • “Competitive Balance: Championship Futures Betting Markets” (with Wayne McEwen), International Journal of Sport Finance 11(1), 63-78, 2016.
  • “The Impact of Pressure on Performance: Evidence from the PGA TOUR” (with Daniel Hickman), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 116, 319-330, 2015.
  • “Effect of Distance to Public Schooling on Home Prices”, The Review of Regional Studies 45(2), 151-171, 2015.

Office Hours

  • Spring 2023 Office Hours: 9 a.m.-noon, Monday and Wednesday

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