Prof John Goddard

Emeritus Professor, Tutor / Teaching Associate

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Professor of Financial Economics

John Goddard was appointed Professor of Financial Economics at Bangor University in 2005. He was previously Professor of Economics at Swansea University, and his other previous appointments were at University of Leeds and Abertay University. He also has several years’ practitioner experience in the UK life insurance industry. His research interests are in industrial organization, banking and financial institutions, and the economics of professional sports. He is coauthor of the monograph Economics of Professional Football (2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the textbook Industrial Organization: Competition, Strategy, Policy (4th edition, Pearson, 2013). A coauthored volume on banking for the Oxford Very Short Introductions series is scheduled for publication in 2016.  


  • MSc Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • BA Economics, Lancaster University

Roles within Bangor Business School

  • Deputy Head, Bangor Business School
  • Director of Studies for the bachelors (undergraduate) programmes
  • Chair of the bachelors (undergraduate) Examination Boards
  • Chair of the bachelors (undergraduate) Staff-Student Liaison Committee


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Visiting appointments   

Ente Luigi Einaudi, Rome (2007)
University of Crete, Greece (2008)

Prestigious awards

(i)     a one-year Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2002 (the success rate for applications was 10%);

(ii)     a three-month Targeted Research Fellowship by Entre Luigi Einaudi in 2007, to work on the Bank of Italy’s Competition in Banking and Financial Markets project;

(iii)    a four-month Fellowship by the Marie Curie Foundation in 2007 (to be taken up in Spring 2008) to work with Kanas on a collaborative project on econometric modelling of long-duration financial time series, based at the University of Crete.

Editorial board membership

International Journal of Sports Finance, Journal of Sports Economics

PhD external examinations

St Andrews, Lancaster

Keynote addresses, and other prestigious guest presentations

Invited speaker – Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences annual conference, San Francisco (2005)
UK Government Statistical Service conference for statistical officers (2006)

Organisation of conferences, learned societies and consortia

Member of the Scientific Committee for the 2007 International Conference in Mathematical Modelling in Sport, organised by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMAS)

Other indicators of the impact of research

The outstanding quality of research by John Goddard into the financial and competitive structure of professional sport has been emphasised consistently by book reviewers (British Journal of Industrial Relations, Review of Industrial Organization, Economic Record), highlighting in particular the advanced econometric technique. The statistical analyses by Goddard on football received widespread publicity in 2006, including The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Mail and The Sun.

Teaching and Supervision

Research Students Supervisor:

  • Mohammed Muharam - Banking and Finance
  • Conor McKeating - Sports Modelling
  • Waleed Idriss - Banking and Finance

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Financial Economics (ASB-3207)
  • Econometrics (ASB-3303)
  • Postgraduate Teaching:
  • Financial Econometrics (ASB-4408)

Research outputs (66)

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