Economics of Sports


Michael Leeds is Professor of Economics at Temple University. His research has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Urban Economics, Economic Inquiry, Social Science Quarterly, and The Journal of Sports Economics. He is coauthor of The Economics of Sports and coeditor of the Handbook on the Economics of Women in Sports. His current research focuses on gender differences in response to economic contests. From 2007 to 2009, he was an Assistant Dean at Temple University Japan.  

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Selected Publications

  • Leeds, Eva Marikova and Michael A. Leeds. 2024. I’ll Take Gender Differences for $400: Using Jeopardy! to Analyze Attitudes toward Risk. Eastern Economic Journal.
  • Olsen, Amanda and Michael A. Leeds. 2024. Integration and Team Performance in the NBA, Journal of Sports Economics, 25(2), February: 257-278.
  • Malone, Kelly and Michael A. Leeds. 2023. The Effect of Having an On-Campus Football Stadium on Attendance, in The Economic Impact of Sports Facilities, Franchises, and Events: Contributions in Honor of Robert Baade, Victor Matheson and Robert Baumann, ed., Springer.
  • Leeds, Michael A. and Eva Marikova Leeds. 2022. All out, all the time? Superstars and incentives on the LPGA Tour, The International Journal of Empirical Economics, 1(4), December.
  • Diemer, George and Michael A. Leeds. 2022. The Point Spread as a Reference Point: Evidence from the National Basketball Association, Journal of Applied Sport Management, 14(1): 39-48.
  • Leeds, Michael A. 2022. “Teaching The Economics of Sports,” Journal of Economic Education, 53(2): 150-158.

Courses Taught

  • ECON 3697: The Economics of Sports - Writing Intensive 
  • ECON 3546: Women in the Economy
  • ECON 3503: Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON 3501: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 1902: Principles of Microeconomics
  • BA 5002: Socioeconomic Foundations of Business
  • IB 2509: Doing Business in a Foreign Country - Destination Japan

Media Mentions

Professor Michael Leeds Quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer
via The Philadelphia Inquirer on June 20, 2023

Professor Michael Leeds Quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Professor Michael Leeds was quoted in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article about the feasibility of a new arena for the Philadelphia Seventy-...

Michael Leeds Featured in "In the Loop"
via Newsy on July 12, 2022

Michael Leeds Featured in "In the Loop"

Professor Michael Leeds was featured in a segment of "In the Loop" that dealt with public funding of sports facilities.