Sports Economics, Labor Economics, Applied Microeconomics


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, Michael A. and Ngoc Tram Nguyen Pham. 2020. “Productivity, Rents, and the Salaries of Group of Five Football Coaches,” Journal of Sports Economics, 21(1), January: 3-19.
  • Leeds, Michael and Hugh Rockoff. 2019. Beating the odds: Black jockeys in the Kentucky Derby, 1870-1911. In Richard Pomfret and John Wilson editors, Historical Perspectives in Sports Economics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar: 136-149.
  • Leeds, Michael A. 2019. “Is There a Gender Difference in the Response to Competitive Settings?” In Paul Downward, Bernd Frick, Brad Humphreys, Tim Pawlowski, Jane Ruseski, and Brian Soebbing Eds. Handbook of the Economics of Sports, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Leeds, Michael A., Eva Marikova Leeds, and Aaron Harris. 2018. Rent-sharing and the Compensation of Head Coaches in Power Five College Football. Review of Industrial Organization, 52(2), March: 253-267.
  • Leeds, Eva Marikova and Michael A. Leeds. 2017. Monopsony Power in the Labor Market of Nippon Professional Baseball, Managerial and Decision Economics, 38(5), July: 689-696.

Courses Taught

  • Economics 1101: Principles of Macroeconomics (Large Section), last taught fall 2020
  • Economics 3501: Intermediate Microeconomics, last taught spring 2021
  • Economics 3503: Introduction to Econometrics, last taught fall 2021
  • Economics 3697: Economics of Sports-Writing Intensive, last taught fall 2021
  • Business Administration 5002: Socioeconomic Context of Business, last taught fall 2021

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.