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[Photo: Robert WITT] Prof Robert WITT
Associate - Community
Tel:  020 7955 6976
Email: r.witt@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.11 F  

University of Surrey
Tel: 01483 686954
Email: r.witt@surrey.ac.uk
Personal WebSite WWW

Expertise: Economics of sport; Economics of crime


Professor of Economics, University of Surrey; Research Associate, Centre for Economic Performance

Current Areas of Research:

Economics of sport: Tournament incentives in professional sport; Dynamic contracts; Pay and race in Major League Soccer.

Economics of crime: The rise of online crime; Prices and metal-theft; Understanding use and impact of tasers.


  • BA (Econ) Kingston Polytechnic
  • MA Economics University of Essex
  • PhD Economics University of Essex

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • University of Surrey - Professor of Economics

Selected Publications:

  • 'Panic on the Streets of London: Crime, Police and the July 2005 Terror Attacks', American Economic Review, 101, 2157-81 (with M. Draca and S. Machin) (2011)

  • ‘Disciplinary Sanction in English Premiership Football: Is There a Racial Dimension?’, Labour Economics, 18, 360-370 (with B. Reilly) (2011)

  • ‘Favouritism and Financial Incentives: A Natural Experiment’, Economica, 75, 296-309 (with N. Rickman) (2008)

CEP Publications

CEP Discussion Paper
Prices, Policing and Policy: The Dynamics of Crime Booms and Busts Tom Kirchmaier, Stephen Machin, Matteo Sandi and Robert Witt
March 2018
Paper No' CEPDP1535:
Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)

JEL Classification: K42

Tags: metal crime; metal prices; commodity prices

CEP Discussion Paper
Panic on the Streets of London: Police, Crime and the July 2005 Terror Attacks Mirko Draca, Stephen Machin and Robert Witt
February 2008
Paper No' CEPDP0852:
Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)

JEL Classification: H00; H5; K42

Tags: crime; police; terror attacks