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Dr Alex Farnell

Former Research Student

Office Hours:

Wednesday 10-11am or by appointment (Online via teams)

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 

2019-20 Econ321 Sports Economics 

2020-21 Econ207 Microeconomic Analysis


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)


Current Research

The Effects of Fatigue and Multitasking on Worker Performance. Evidence from MLB pitchers (with Dave Berri, Brian Mills, Vincent O'Sullivan & Rob Simmons)

Time to Go? Head Coach Quits and Dismissals in Professional Football (with Alex Bryson, Babatunde Buraimo & Rob Simmons)

Race and Coaching Hierachy in the NFL (with Dave Berri, Vincent O'Sullivan & Rob Simmons)

Did Sports Fixtures Contribute to Localised Covid-19 Outbreaks in the UK? (with Vincent O'Sullivan & Rob Simmons)

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