Teaching agenda of ECASE

Course Sports Economics

The course Sports Economics of Erasmus School of Economics offers a rigorous economic analysis of the professional sports industry. The course first tackles the peculiar economics of professional league sports, with a focus on joint production, competitive balance, alternative firm objectives and player wage levels. Then competition policy issues are investigated in the regulation of both the sports labour (transfer system, salary caps and Financial Fair Play) and product market (revenue sharing and media rights sales). The course then looks into the use of sports data in research on behavioural and labour economics. Finally, there is a focus on the economic and urban development effects of sports mega-events and stadium construction.

The course provides essential insights into the economic mechanisms underlying the professional sports industry and at the same (re)introduces students to a varied set of economic policy evaluation tools (impact studies, IO modelling, case studies…). Because of its wide coverage, the course appeals to students across a wide variety of master specializations at Erasmus School of Economics.

Master thesis on sports economics

ECASE plays a role in the supervision of students writing their Master theses on sports economics, sports and happiness or sports and health. In the past couple of years, the interest of students in these topics has been far larger than the supply of available supervisors. Hence, ECASE helps to fill this void.

Other activities

ECASE organizes additional educational activities such as modules and guest lectures. For example, Dr Thomas Peeters already is a guest lecturer at the International Football Business Institute, a spin-off of the Free University Brussels (VUB). Masterclasses for participants working at governments, sports unions or other sports organizations will be organized on demand.