Stephen Dobson joined Hull University
Business School as Director of Research in January 2011, having
previously spent three years at Nottingham Trent University as
Professor of Economics. Before joining Nottingham Trent he was
Professor of Economics at Otago University in New Zealand where he
served three years as Head of the Department of Economics. Stephen
has also worked at Queen’s University Belfast, Hull University,
University of Central Lancashire, Leeds University, Reading
University and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.
Stephen is passionate about sport and has spent most of his life
supporting Leicester City FC.
BSc(Econ) (Hull), MA (CNAA), PhD
Stephen has extensive teaching experience
in universities in the UK and overseas. He has teaching interests
in microeconomics, applied economics, and the economics of
Stephen’s main research interest is the economics of professional
team sport. He is co-author with John Goddard of the research
monograph The Economics of Football, published by
Cambridge University Press (1st edition 2001,
2nd edition 2011). Stephen has published extensively on
various aspects of the economics of football, including bias and
inconsistency in football refereeing, the demand for football, the
impact of managerial change on team performance, the performance of
football managers, and strategic behaviour by football teams during
matches. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal
of Sports Economics, International Journal of Sports
Finance, and International Journal of Sports Science and
Engineering. Stephen is a Research Fellow at the National
Centre for Econometric Research in Australia. He is also interested
in the economics of developing countries and has published papers
on this topic, especially with regard to Latin America.
Convergence of divergence in cross-country growth,
International Review of Applied Economics, Vol 25, (2011),
ISSN 0269-2171 (print), 1465-3486 (online) (with E
Strobl & C Ramlogan)
The Economics of Football (2nd edition),
Cambridge University Press (2011) (with JA Goddard).
Is there a trade-off between corruption and
inequality? Evidence from Latin America, Economics Letters
(2010) Vol. 107 No.2 pp 102-104 (with C Dobson).
Optimizing strategic behaviour in a dynamic
setting in professional team sports, European Journal of
Operational Research (2010) Vol. 205 No.3 pp 661-669 (with JA
The influence of social pressure and
nationality on individual decisions: evidence from the behaviour of
referees, Journal of Economic Psychology (2010) Vol. 31
No.2 pp 181–191 (with P Dawson).
Is there an openness Kuznets curve?,
Kyklos (2009) Vol. 62 No.2 pp 226-238 (with C Dobson).
Are football referees really biased and
inconsistent? Evidence from the English Premier League, Journal
of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (2007) Vol. 170
No.1 pp 231-250 (with JA Goddard, J Wilson and P Dawson).
Persistence in sequences of football match
results: a Monte Carlo analysis, European Journal of
Operational Research (2003) Vol. 148 No.2 pp 247-256 (with JA
Economic growth and convergence in Latin
America, Journal of Development Studies (2002) Vol. 38
No.6 pp 83-104 (with C Ramlogan).
Introduction to Economics, Oxford
University Press (1999) (with S Palfreman).
Performance, revenue and
cross-subsidisation in the Football League, 1927-94, Economic
History Review(1998) Vol. 51 No.4 pp 763-785 (with JA
The demand for professional league football
in England and Wales, 1925-92, Journal of the Royal Statistical
Society, Series D (1995) Vol. 44 No.2 pp 259-277 (with JA
The property market and industrial
location, Scottish Journal of Political Economy (1989)
Vol. 36 No.1 pp 1-18 (with JK Bowers and JA Goddard).