Neil Gandal

Neil Gandal


I am a Professor of Economics and Head of the School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from U.C. Berkeley in 1989. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and still follow Cleveland sports closely, although from quite a distance.

I recently published a book (both in hardcover and ebook format) entitled: Coming Up Short: A Cleveland Sports Odyssey. (website -

The book is kind of a "report card" on Cleveland sports teams from 1966 to 2007. While it doesn't provide detailed stories about individual players, it gives a thorough review of the Cleveland teams' failures and successes since the Super Bowl era began in 1966. For passionate number crunchers, in an appendix, I compare Cleveland teams with other cities' teams using statistical models. The analysis shows that Cleveland sports teams should have won four championships in the forty-two year period from 1966–2007. No other city "unperformed" by a larger magnitude.

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