Temple University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, Temple University, USA; Director of Graduate Studies, Temple University, USA
Economics of sports, labor economics
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
President, North American Association of Sports Economists (2013–2014)
Assistant Dean, Temple University Japan (2007–2009); Visiting Associate Professor, University of Michigan (2006-2007); Associate Professor and Director of Fox School Honors, Temple University (1994–2008)
PhD Economics, Princeton University, 1983
The Economics of Sports. Boston, MA: Addison Wesley, 2014 (with P. von Allmen).Handbook on the Economics of Women’s Sports. London: Edward Elgar, 2013 (edited with E. M. Leeds).
“Are sunk costs really irrelevant? Draft position and playing time in the NBA.” Economic Inquiry (Forthcoming) (with D. Leeds and A. Motomura).
“A stadium by any other name: The value of naming rights.” Journal of Sports Economics 8:6 (2007): 581–595 (with E. M. Leeds and I. Pistolet).
“Interscholastic athletics and investment in human capital.” Social Science Quarterly 88:3 (2007): 729–744 (with J. Stull and C. Miller).
Positive contributions to cognitive and non-cognitive skills justify public support of youth sportsMichael A. Leeds, February 2015In response to declining budgets, many school districts in the US have reduced funding for sports. In Europe, parents may respond to difficult economic times by spending less on sports clubs for their children. Such cuts are unwise if participating in sports is an investment good as well as a consumption good and adds to students’ human capital. The value of sports is hard to measure because people who already possess the skills needed to succeed in school and beyond might be more likely to participate in sports. Most studies that account for this endogeneity find that participation in youth sports improves academic and labor market performance.MoreLess