Michael A. Leeds

Temple University, USA, and IZA, Germany

I am happy that the World of Labor takes such a broad approach to labor policy. Examining the impact of sports participation on schooling and labor market outcomes is useful to policymakers in both the US and Europe

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Temple University, USA; Director of Graduate Studies, Temple University, USA

Research interest

Economics of sports, labor economics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

President, North American Association of Sports Economists (2013–2014)

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • 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).