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2nd Reading Football Economics Workshop

On December 13 and 14 2022, the Sport Cluster of the Department of Economics at the University of Reading will host the 2nd Reading Football Economics Workshop.

We invite submissions for presentation from authors of work that uses football (however liberally defined), and has some economic content or motivation (again, the definition will be liberal). Please submit abstracts here (link).

We are very pleased that Christina Philippou of the University of Portsmouth, Jorge Tovar of Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, and Justus Haucap of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf will be our keynote speakers.

This two day event will take place on the two days of the FIFA Men’s World Cup Semi Finals, and social events will involve viewing those two events. We anticipate watching the two games in The Dairy, which serves food and good beer options at the heart of our London Road Campus.

Draft Schedule

Tuesday December 13
G01, Building L22, London Road Campus, University of Reading
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-12:30 Keynote 1 Jorge Tovar On Fairness, Justice, and VAR
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Session 1 Dennis Coates Visiting Team Fans and Attendance
14:00-14:30 Jessica Hargreaves Is the home advantage constant? Investigating soccer’s home advantage

using varying coefficient models

14:30-15:00 Thadeu Gasparetto Multicultural Teams: Does National Diversity Impact Performance in

Professional Football? (Teams)

15:00-15:30 Sebastian Otten Racial Discrimination in the Labor Market: Evidence from Fantasy League Soccer
15:30-16:00 Coffee
16:00-16:30 Session 2 Johan Rewilak The perversity of mild failure: Evidence from the UEFA Champions League
16:30-17:00 Maxence Franceschi What’s a football player worth? A conceptualisation on football players’ value.
18:00-c.21:30 Dinner* and World Cup Semi Final 1
The Dairy, London Road Campus
Wednesday December 14
G01, Building L22, London Road Campus, University of Reading
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-12:30 Keynote 2 Christina Philippou Finances, governance, and the search for practical solutions
12:30-13:30 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Session 3 Robert Simmons Determinants of goalkeeper salaries (Teams)
14:30-15:00 Maxence Franceschi Positional dominance of football intermediaries
15:00-15:30 Matthew Yeo On the quality of sporting facilities and a range of economic and social outcomes
15:30-16:00 James Reade Has the World Cup impacted domestic football attendances?
16:00-16:30 Coffee
16:30-18:00 Keynote 3 Justus Haucap Title TBC
18:00-c.21:30 Dinner* and World Cup Semi Final 2
The Dairy, London Road Campus
*dinner at participants’ own expense, except for keynote speakers

Important Dates

Registration: https://forms.office.com/r/yAXAP7kLKw.

Conference Location: London Road Campus, University of Reading.

Travel: The University of Reading’s London Road Campus is a 15 minute walk from Reading railway station, which is well linked to from London’s Paddington Station (just under 30 minutes and multiple services each hour), London’s Heathrow Airport via RailAir Bus (about 45 minutes, frequent services 24-7), and also London’s Gatwick Airport via a direct train (about 90 minutes, hourly)

Accommodation: We recommend the following hotel options:

Apart from Cedars, all hotel options are in central Reading.

Questions: James Reade at j.j.reade@reading.ac.uk


13th December 2022
14th December 2022
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