The first research focus of ECASE is to study questions in labour and health economics through sports data. Sports data can be a fruitful area for labour economics research.
The research agenda has clear links to other faculty members at the Department of Applied Economics and wider Erasmus School of Economics.
A second area of specialization for ECASE is the industrial organization of professional sports. Given the industry’s unique features, such as salary caps and revenue sharing, the sports industry raises several unique challenges for competition policy makers. Indeed, the very first economic analysis of sports, published in 1956 by Simon Rottenberg in the Journal of Political Economy, investigates how regulators should balance the ‘normal’ application of competition policy principles against the objective of protecting the tension in on-field competition. The 2003 overview paper by Stefan Szymanski in the Journal of Economic Literature is a seminal paper in this strand of literature.