Peter Dawson


  • 1.07 Elizabeth Fry Building

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PhD projects

Economics of sport Behavioural economics aspects of sport

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Areas of Expertise


Peter Dawson is an Associate Professor in Economics and is currently the School's Placement Director.  He holds a PhD from the University of Hull, is an Associate of the Economics Network and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.   Peter has extensive experience of the UK higher education sector having previously worked at the University of Bath and undertaken external examining positions at Imperial College London, Loughborough University, University of Sussex and University of Liverpool.  His research is largely in the area of applied microeconometrics and he has developed applications in labour economics, education economics and, most notably, sport and leisure. Work in this latter area has focussed on the behaviour of agents (referees, managers and players) in sporting contests. Peter has also undertaken research into the impact of major sporting events, which has included the impact of the London 2012 Olympics on health, happiness and participation in sport. He has undertaken consultancy work for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Grant Thornton, Cambridge Econometrics, Sport England and Norwich City Football Club amongst others.  


PhD Supervision Interests

Peters' area of interest is in applied microeconomics, with particular interests in education, labour economics and, most notably, the economics of sport and leisure.  Work he has conducted in this latter area include: demand for professional team sports, decision-making of referees, club and managerial performance, and the impact of major sporting events including legacy effects.


Key Research Interests

Research Interests

Applied Microeconomics
Economics of Sport and Leisure
Measurement of Efficiency and Productivity Analysis

Book Chapters, Reports and Proceedings


Participation and Demonstration Effects: “Couch Potatoes to Runner Beans”? In Sage Handbook of Sports Economics (ed. P.Downward et al.) 2019.

Refereeing and Infringement of the Rules, In Goddard, J and Sloane, P, Handbook of the Economics of Football, Edward Elgar 2014.

Economics of the Olympics, In Kahane, L. and Shmanske, S. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sports Economics, Vol.1: The Economics of Sports, Oxford University Press 2012.

Expanding the Capacity of Carrow Road Football Stadium: An Independent Review by the University of East Anglia. May 2012 (with N. Ward) 

“Participation, Spectatorship and Media Coverage in Sport: Some initial insights”, In Lavoie, M. and Andreff, W (Eds.), New Horizons in the Economics of Sport, Edward Elgar. 2011 (with P.Downward).

The Economic Impact of Cultural Activity in Bath and North East Somerset: Final Report for Bath Cultural Forum and Bath Festivals. 2010.

“Crime and Punishment in Professional Football: Evidence from the English Premier League”, In Andersson, P, Ayton, P and Schmidt, C (Eds.) Myths and Facts about Football: The Economics and Psychology of the World’s Greatest Sport, Cambridge Scholars. 2008.

An Analysis of Disciplinary Sanction and Time Added on in European Cup Competitions. UEFA Report. 2008.

Teaching Interests


  • Econometrics (Time-Series and Microeconometrics)
  • Economics of Sport and Leisure


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hull

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Bachelor of Science, University of Bradford

… → 1995

External positions

External Examiner, University of Liverpool

Oct 2018 → …

External Examiner, University of Sussex

Sep 2017 → …


  • Social Sciences (General)
  • Economics
  • Statistics in Social Sciences
  • Econometrics

Media Expertise

  • Sport
  • Technology
  • Economics
  • Media studies

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