|Rob Simmons is
a Lecturer in Economics. He was educated at University of Warwick
and University of Manchester and holds a doctorate from University
of Leeds. Dr Simmons specialises in labour economics and sports economics.
He has published on theoretical and empirical aspects of labour economics,
covering areas such as union bargaining over working time, demand-side
analysis of working time and efficiency wage models including adverse
selection and shirking behaviour. He has been engaged as a consultant
to the International Labour Organisation. Dr Simmons is a member of
the European Association of Labour Economists and he has presented
several papers at their annual conference. Currently, Dr Simmons is
pursuing interests in personnel economics, including the impact of
changing human resource management practices on the labour market.
Dr Simmons also has an international reputation as a sports economist.
He has researched into several topics in sports economics, many of
which have a labour market focus. He has published pioneering papers
on attendance demand in football using a travel cost methodology,
on football transfer markets using a sample selection model and on
salary determination in Italian football using a rarely published
data set. He is currently working on several topics in sports economics,
including a new theoretical model of sports league behaviour, economic
analysis of sports broadcasting, the labour market for players in
the US National Football League and further analysis of earnings in
Italian football. Dr Simmons is a member of the editorial board of
Journal of Sports Economics. He was also recently a co-convenor of
the ESRC financed Sports, Arts and Leisure Economics Study Group.
Outside work, Rob is married with two children and his leisure interests
include cinema, travel, keeping fit and football refereeing
Simmons R, Lucifora C, 2003, 'Superstar effects in sport: evidence
from Italian soccer', Journal