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Dr Robert Butler

Robert Butler


University College Cork
Cork University Business School

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Dr Robert Butler has been a college lecturer in the Department of Economics since September 2006, completing his doctorate in 2013 under the supervision of Veblen-Commons award winner Professor Geoffrey Hodgson. 

Robbie's research interests are focused on institutional economics and the economics of sport.  He is a founding member of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) and is a member of both the International Association of Sports Economists (IASE) and European Association of Sports Economists (ESAE).

His research has been published across international peer-reviewed journals including the British Journal of Industrial Relations (ABS 4*), European Journal of Operational Research (ABS 4*), Journal of Instiutional Economics, Journa of Agricultural Economics, European Sport Management Quarterly, Journal of Sports Economics and Scottish Journal of Political Economy.


Grants and Honours

  • 01/02/2016 - IRC "New Foundations Award 2015" Dr R Butler -SEW16, Irish Research Council
  • 01/01/2016 - Teaching Hero, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • 22/04/2015 - Department of Economics Early Career Conference Support Scheme, National University Ireland, Galway
  • 01/01/2015 - UCC Nomination for National 'Teaching Experts' Award, National Forum for Teaching and Learning
  • 01/01/2015 - President's Prize for Teaching, University College Cork
  • 03/09/2014 - College of Business and Law Conference Travel Support Scheme for Junior Staff, National University Ireland, Galway
  • 01/01/2013 - Doctoral Completion Award, University College Cork
  • 01/01/2012 - Conference Recognition Award, University College Cork
  • 01/01/2011 - Outstanding Teaching Award, University College Cork
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Research Domains

  • Sports economics  
  • Economics  
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Journal article

Year Publication
2018 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R., DORAN, J., O'CONNOR, S. (2018). Explaining international footballer selection through Poisson modelling. Journal of Economic Studies. Details
2017 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R. (2017). Fergie Time and the Allocation of Additional Time: Evidence from the English Premier League 2009 to 2013'. International Journal of Sport Finance.
2016 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R., CONSIDINE, J. (2016). What The Simpsons Can Teach Us About Sports Economics. Journal of Economics and Finance Education.
2010 CONSIDINE, J., BUTLER, R. (2010). Dr Olson's antidote for institutional sclerosis. Economic Affairs. Details
2014 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R. (2014). The relative age effect and under-21 irish association football: A natural experiment and policy recommendations. Economic and Social Review.
2016 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R. (2016). Rule changes and incentives in the League of Ireland from 1970 to 2014. Soccer and Society. Details
2018 BUTLER, R., MASSEY, P. (2018). Has Competition in the Market for Subscription Sports Broadcasting Benefited Consumers? The Case of the English Premier League. Journal of Sports Economics. Details
2017 PARENT, A., BUTLER, R. (2017). Clément Juglar and Algeria: Three pillars of modern anti-colonial criticism. Journal of Institutional Economics. Details
2021 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R., EAKINS, J. (2021). Expert performance and crowd wisdom: Evidence from English Premier League predictions. European Journal of Operational Research. Details
2020 BUTLER, R., LENTEN, L. J. A., MASSEY, P. (2020). Bonus incentives and team effort levels: Evidence from the “Field” *. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 67 (5), 539-550. doi:10.1111/sjpe.12249. Details
2020 BRADFIELD, T., BUTLER, R., DILLON, E., HENNESSY, T. (2020). The factors influencing the profitability of leased land on dairy farms in Ireland. Land Use Policy. Details
2021 BRADFIELD, T., BUTLER, R., DILLON, E., HENNESSY, T., KILGARRIFF, P. (2021). The Effect of Land Fragmentation on the Technical Inefficiency of Dairy Farms. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 72 (2), 486-499. doi:10.1111/1477-9552.12413. Details
2020 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R., MAXCY, J. (2020). New insights on the Louis-Schmeling paradox: determinants of demand for subscription and pay-per-view boxing. European Sport Management Quarterly. doi:10.1080/16184742.2020.1820063. Details
2021 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R., MULLANE, E. (2021). Changing Competition Design and Spectator Turnout: Evidence from the League of Ireland. Economic and Social Review.
2021 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R. (2021). The evolution of the football jersey – an institutional perspective. Journal of Institutional Economics, 17 (5), 1-15. doi:10.1017/S1744137421000278. Details
2021 BUTLER, D., BUTLER, R., SIMMONS, R. (2021). Contracts, pay and performance in the sport of kings: Evidence from horse racing. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 1-24. doi:10.1111/bjir.12600. Details


Year Publication
2019 BUTLER, R. (2019). A Primer on the Economics of Sport. Oak Tree Press.

Book chapter

Year Publication
2021 BUTLER, R. (2021). A Brief History of Sports Economics. Advances in Sports Economics. Agenda Publishing.
2021 BRADFIELD, T., BUTLER, R., HENNESSY, T. (2021). Economic Issues of Horse Racing in Ireland. Advances in Sports Economics. Agenda Publishing.
2021 BUTLER, R., BUTLER, D. (2021). The Economics of Association Football. Advances in Sports Economics. Agenda Publishing.
2021 BUTLER, R., BUTLER, D. (2021). Winner Alright: New Evidence on High-Stakes Bidding and Returns to Ownership in the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industry. Behavioural Sports Economics. Routledge.

Edited book

Year Publication
2021 BUTLER, R. (2021). Advances in Sports Economics. Agenda Publishing.

Encyclopedia entry

Year Publication
2021 BUTLER, R., HENNESSY, T. (2021). Agricultural Policy Schemes: European Union's Common Agricultural Policy. Elsevier. Details
2021 BUTLER, R., HENNESSY, T. (2021). Policy Schemes and Trade in Dairy Products: Agricultural Policy Schemes: Other Systems. Elsevier. Details
2021 BUTLER, R., HENNESSY, T. (2021). World Trade Organization and Other Factors Shaping the Dairy Industry in the Future. Elsevier. Details

Magazine article

Year Publication
2009 BUTLER, R., SHERMAN, M. (2009). Government Support for Horse Racing Ireland: The Allocation & Distribution of Public Funds. New Developments in Economic Research.
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