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Alex Farnell

Research student

Lancaster University

The Management School



Office Hours:

Friday 2-3pm Charles Carter C02

Research overview

My research focuses on labour market and personnel issues in the world of professional sports. Current work explores the relationship between race and coaching hierarchy in the NFL, and in particular the role of the league’s Affirmative Action policy, the ‘Rooney Rule’. Other work includes studying the relationship between task allocation, performance and fatigue amongst (MLB) baseball pitchers.

Current Teaching

2018-19 Econ321 Sports Economics (5 groups)

2019-20 Econ321 Sports Economics (5 groups)


BSc Economics (Lancaster University)

MSc Economics (Lancaster University) - Dissertation Title : "The Determinants of Head Coach Replacement in English Football"

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Research Grants

PhD funding through the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)