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Professor of Economics, University of Reading

I am a Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Reading.

My research is, broadly speaking, on applied econometrics, with a particular focus on sport. I have published research investigating a range of economic phenomena using sports data; for example, discrimination and market efficiency. Many aspects of labour market functioning (workplace productivity, the impact of immigration and changes in regulatory oversight) and managerial decisions can, and have been investigated. Sport also enables classic economic issues to be analysed within the context of sport, for example the demand for attendance at sport, and strategic decisions made on the field. Data on sport has been extensively collected for decades, even centuries, enabling economic history analyses over long periods of time, and studies of important periods of change in sports.

I'm a Scorecasting Economist, working with my colleague Carl Singleton to forecast scorelines for football matches. It's a bit of fun, but it also is providing interesting research offshoots too.

I'm also affiliated with the Programme for Economic Modelling (EMoD) at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and the Research Program in Forecasting at George Washington University.


  • 2013–present
    Lecturer in Economics, University of Reading
  • 2009–2013
    Lecturer in Economics, University of Birmingham


  • 2007 
    University of Oxford, D.Phil in Economics
  • 2004 
    University of Oxford, M.Phil in Economics
  • 2002 
    University of Durham, BA in Economics


  • 2014
    Information and Efficiency: Goal Arrival in Soccer Betting, Economic Journal
  • 2013
    Punishing the Foreigner: Implicit Discrimination in the Premier League Based on Oppositional Identity, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics