ECASE members

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Core members

Erasmus School of Economics

Jan van Ours

As a leading labour and health economist, Jan van Ours is at the heart of the research programme of Erasmus Centre for Applied Sports Economics. Jan is Professor of Applied Economics at Erasmus School of Economics and has published a variety of papers on sports in recent years.

For example, he investigated the link between manager dismissals and team performance, the matching of runners and teams based on past performance and the relationship between age and productivity in a sample of non-professional runners.

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Thomas Peeters

Thomas Peeters

Thomas Peeters is an associate professor at the department of Applied Economics of the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), where he serves as department director.

Thomas studies questions on the intersection of strategy economics, industrial organization, and sports economics. His work on sports has appeared in various high impact journals such as Management Science, Economic Policy and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.

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Enrico Pennings

Enrico Pennings is professor of applied industrial organization at Erasmus School of Economics.

Enrico is interested in a broad range of strategic decisions made by organizations to improve performance. Many of his publications deal with cross-border topics. For instance, he has analyzed the impact of foreign coaches on the performance of national soccer teams in a paper published in Global Strategy Journal.

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Michel van de Velden

Michel van de Velden is an associate Professor of Statistics at the Econometric Institute of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.  His main research interests are dimension reduction and cluster analysis methods, with a strong focus on data visualization.

Michel is interested in applying advanced statistical methods in the context of football analytics data. For instance, he analysed methods to evaluate passing in a paper published in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.

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Sophia Gaenssle

Sophia Gaenssle is assistant professor of creative industries and digitalization at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication.

Sophia is interested in a broad range of digital entertainment, including e-sports and gaming. She studies questions on the intersection of cultural and media economics, industrial organization, and sports economics. One of her main interests are superstar effects in various markets.

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Affiliate members

Stefan Szymanski

Stefan Szymanski

Stefan Szymanski is widely considered to be the leading sports economist worldwide. Stefan is professor of Sports Management at the University of Michigan and he has a part-time affiliation to Erasmus School of Economics.

His popularizing books, e.g. Soccernomics with Simon Kuper, and academic writing, e.g. his 2003 paper in the Journal of Economic Literature, are among the most cited work on sports economics.

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Francesco Principe is a postdoctoral researcher at Erasmus School of Economics

Francesco Principe

Francesco Principe is senior assistant professor at the Department of Economics, University of Bergamo. Francesco is interested in the use of original sport data to address both health and labour market issues.

His most recent work uses variation in quality of life and amenities across Serie A clubs’ locations to investigate their role in shaping compensating wage differentials in labour markets populated by superstars, such as the professional football players.

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Sam Hoey

Sam Hoey

Sam Hoey is a lecturer (assistant professor) at the University of Liverpool Management School. Sam uses sports data to investigate economic and managerial questions where relevant data is scarce in other industries.

His latest work focusses on issues relating to worker absenteeism, peer effects and rehiring decisions using data from the National Hockey league.

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