Erasmus Centre for Applied Sports Economics

About Erasmus Centre for Applied Sports Economics

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that”

-  Bill Shankly (1913-1981), football manager of amongst other clubs, Liverpool


The Erasmus Centre for Applied Sports Economics (ECASE) is embedded in the Department of Applied Economics of Erasmus School of Economics. The Department has a core group of economists who are doing sports economics research, and quite a few applied economics researchers can link their work to sports economics.

For example, the health economics group has a clear interest in studying the relationship between sports and health, behavioural economists will find a fruitful testing ground to examine human decision making under uncertainty and psychological pressure. And the scientific institute Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO) may look into the sports-happiness connection.


Sports are important from a societal point of view, not just for the pleasure derived from participating, but also for their cultural significance. In many countries the performance of national teams and athletes, is a cornerstone of national prestige and identity. For economists, who are social scientists after all, it is very interesting to study such an extremely widespread and characteristic feature of our modern society.

Sports competitions can be exploited as an economic laboratory, in that data from sport events can be analysed to understand economic phenomena and human decision making.


The ambition of ECASE is to stimulate high-quality research in sports economics including the relationship between sports, health and happiness. ECASE has a clear focus on economic research, but with an open mind set, such that sports researchers from related disciplines, both inside and outside Erasmus School of Economics, can participate. ECASE aims at societal relevance, i.e. scientific research is policy relevant for governments, sports organizations, sports unions and for individual sports fans.

Summary of the ambitions (threefold):

  • Contribution to high-quality research
  • Publishing policy-relevant recommendations
  • Valorisation through knowledge dissemination, through education and easily accessible publications.