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Economics

Applications of competition policy to the sports industry. 01/10/2010 - 30/09/2012

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The professional sports industry in Europe and the USA conducts several practices which appear to be textbook cases of anti-competitive behavior. Famous examples include sharing gate revenues, geographically splitting up markets and collective sales of TV rights, advertising and merchandise. Still, in many instances antitrust authorities have neglected to outlaw these practices. This research project bundles four contributions that look into some major competition policy issues in the sports industry. First, it examines how a league may use revenue sharing as a device to coordinate talent investments when sports fans are diversified. Second, the project evaluates how the choice of different contest success functions influences the results of previous contributions in the literature. In a third contribution it introduces a model of platform competition among clubs to investigate the effects of jointly selling advertising on sports consumers and advertisers. A final empirical contribution looks into the importance of factors that may impact on the distribution of playing strengths between teams in a league. This has great relevance to antitrust policy, as it is a crucial issue in the discussion around allowing collective sales of TV rights in Europe.

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Competition policy in Europe: theory and applications to transport and sports broadcasting. 01/01/2006 - 31/12/2009

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In this project we use recent insights from the theory of industrial organization to study pricing and regulatory proposals in a number of specific economic sectors, including transport, sports and broadcasting. The emphasis lies on studying the positive effects of various policy proposals (access pricing of infrastructure, capacity competition on transport networks, allocation of television rights of sports games, etc.). Moreover, we also illustrate their welfare or normative properties. The choice of sectors is inspired by their increasing importance and the recent expertise of the promoters of the project.

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Sabbatical: writing a textbook on sports economics. 01/10/2005 - 30/09/2006

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The financial problems of the Belgian sports federations. 01/07/2003 - 31/05/2004

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The costs of youth development in basketball. 01/09/2002 - 30/06/2003

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    The financial problems of professional team sports in Belgium. 01/01/2001 - 31/12/2002

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      Sport and Society: Economic aspects of sports 01/05/1999 - 30/06/1999

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      This report presents an overview of the research on sports and economics, which will be the starting point for new idea's and prospective research.

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        Masters Degree Program in Economic policy Management - University of Nairobi, Kenia 01/01/1997 - 31/12/2000

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        Supporting the M.A. programme at the Economics Department of the University of Nairobi, for a better understanding of the Structural Adjustment Programmes of the IMF and the World Bank.

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          An Evaluation of the Project 'Venturing With High-Risk Groups - Interface Flanders'. 01/05/1996 - 31/12/1996

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          This assignement consist in: a. an evaluation of the implementation of the project in relation to the initial goals, both with regard to the companies and the target group; b. an evaluation of the methodology and structure of the project; c. a translation of results of the evaluation into policy terms.

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            Labour market impact of a basic income 01/01/1996 - 31/12/1999

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            The labour market effects of a basic income, which replaces the existing unemployment benefit system, are analysed by modeling the supply and demand side of the labour market.

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              The economic impact of culture and cultural grant subsidies. 01/09/1994 - 31/08/1995

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              Field research, especially about expenditures, will result in calculations about the created value added and employment impacts in a large part of the cultural sector. Besides calculations for the entire theater sector, this project contains case studies about arts centres, museums and federations of amateur musicians.

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                Cost-benefit analysis of subsidized employment of handicapped people in Flanders 01/02/1994 - 30/09/1994

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                The project investigates the budgetary implications of government subsidies to the employment of handicapped workers in the so-called protected workplaces in Flanders.

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                  Basic income 01/03/1991 - 28/02/1993

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                  These funds will be used for the strengthening of the Basic Income European Network (B.I.E.N) and for the building of a macro-economic model, simulating the labormarket impact of a basic income.

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