The 14th European Sport Economics Association (ESEA) Conference will be held at University College Cork, Ireland from 23rd - 25th August 2023. 




The ESEA Conference is the annual gathering of the European Sport Economics Association. This is a scientific association founded in 2010 that pursues the goal of promoting communications between scientists and practitioners working in the field of sports economics.

The conference will be hosted by the Centre for Sports Economics and Law (CSEL) and will take place on the main UCC campus. Prior to the event, a PhD student workshop will take place from 21st – 23rd August. The Conference Gala Dinner will be held on the Thursday evening, 24th August.

Please submit your abstract(s) through our submission portal here by March 31st, 2023. Notification of abstract acceptance will be sent no later than the May 15th, 2023. More details about abstract submissions can be found here.

Keynote Speaker 1

We are delighted to announce the event will include a keynote address by Professor Jane Ruseski (John Chambers College of Business and Economics) of West Virginia University. Professor Ruseski is an economist of international standing and will be the first female keynote speaker at the conference. Aside for sports economics, Prof. Ruseski has research interests in health economics, health financing and policy,  and industrial organization. She has published in a list of prestigious international peer-reviewed academic journals including Contemporary Economic Policy, Health Economics, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Southern Economic Journal, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, and Journal of Sports Economics. She is a co-editor of Contemporary Economic Policy and an executive editor of the International Journal of Sport Finance.


We are delighted to announce the event will include a keynote address by Professor Alex Bryson of (IZA Institute of Labor Economics) University College London (UCL). Prof. Bryson is Professor of Quantitative Social Science at UCL's Social Research Institute. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2014. He is also a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (London) and a Rutgers Research Faculty Fellow. His research focuses on industrial relations, labour economics and programme evaluation. Prof. Bryson is Editor-in-Chief at Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society and an editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A and the Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership. His sports economics work is widely read and cited. He has published papers on superstar effects, coaching performance and the impact of Covid-19 on sport, and is a member of the Erasmus Centre for Applied Sports Economics (ECASE) Scientific Board. Many of his papers are published in ABS 3* and ABS 4* journals, as well as the Journal of Sports Economics.

If you have any questions in relation to the conference, please feel free to contact a member of the local organising committee below:

Dr David Butler (CSEL, UCC) - Contact David here

Dr Robbie Butler (CSEL, UCC) - Contact Robbie here

Pat Massey (Compecon) - Contact Pat here