Professor Robert Witt
Rob graduated from Kingston Polytechnic (BA (Hons) Econ) in 1974, and he received a master's degree in Financial Economics in 1975 from the University of Wales (Bangor). From 1975 to 1978 he worked as an economic analyst in the City before receiving his master's degree in Economics in 1980 from the University of Essex. He taught at the City of London Polytechnic (1982 to 1989) and as a lecturer in Economics at the University of St Andrews from 1989 to 1992. In 1991, he completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Essex. He moved to Surrey in 1992, and was Visiting Professor at Florida International University, Miami in 1997. He became Professor of Economics in 2010 (serving as Head of School between 2008-2013). He also has served as a consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Home Office and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Rob is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Rob's research focuses mainly on the economics of crime and sports economics, and he has published in a variety of academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association, Economica, Economics Letters and Labour Economics.
Areas of research interest include:
- Economics of crime
- Sports Economics
Econometrics 2 (ECOM043)
- Reilly B., and Witt R. forthcoming, The Effect of League Design on Spectator Attendance: A Regression Discontinuity Design Approach, Journal of Sports Economics.
- Kirchmaier, T., Machin, S., Sandi, M., and Witt, R. (2020), Prices, Policing and Policy: The Dynamics of Crime Booms and Busts, Journal of the European Economic Association Volume 18, Issue 2, April, Pages 1040–1077.
- Bachan R., Reilly B., and Witt R. (2014), Team Performance and Race: Evidence from the English and French National Soccer Teams, Applied Economics Volume 46, Issue 13, Pages 1535-1546.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (2013), Red Cards, Referee Home Bias and Social Pressure: Evidence From English Premiership Soccer, Applied Economics Letters Volume 20, Issue 7, Pages 710-714.
- Reilly B,, Rickman N., and Witt R. (2012), Robbing Banks: Crime Does Pay - But Not Very Much, Significance Volume 9, Issue 3 Pages 17-21.
- Draca M,. Machin S., and Witt R. (2011), Panic on the Streets of London: Police, Crime, and the July 2005 Terror Attacks, American Economic Review Volume 101, Issue 5, Pages 2157-2181.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (2011), Disciplinary Sanctions in English Premiership Football: Is There a Racial Dimension?, Labour Economics Volume 18, Issue 3, Pages 360-370.
- Bachan R., Reilly B., and Witt R. (2008), The Hazard of Being an English Football League Manager: Emprical Estimates for Three Recent League Seasons, Journal of the Operational Research Society Volume 59, Issue 7, Pages 884-891.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (2008), Domestic Burglaries and the Real Price of Audio-Visual Goods: Some Time Series Evidence for Britain, Economics Letters Volume 100, Issue 1, Pages 96-100.
- Rickman N., and Witt R. (2008), Favouritism and Financial Incentives: A Natural Experiment, Economica Volume 75, Issue 298, Pages 296-309.
- Rickman N., and, Witt R. (2007), The Determinants of Employee Crime in the UK, Economica Volume 74, Issue 293, Pages 161-175.
- Lemke R. J., Witt R., and Witte A.D. (2007), The Transition from Welfare to Work, Eastern Economic Journal Volume 33, Issue 3, Pages 359-373.
- Witt R. (2005), Do Players React to Sanction Changes? Evidence form the English Premier League, Scottish Journal of Political Economy Volume 52, Issue 4, Pages 623-640.
- Clements M.P,, and Witt R. (2005), Forecasting Quarterly Aggregate Crime Series, The Manchester School Volume 76, Issue 6, Pages 709-727.
- Witte A.D., Witt R. (2001), What We Spend and What We get: Public and Private Provision of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Fiscal Studies Volume 22, Issue 1, Pages 1-40.
- Witt R., and Witte A.D. (2000), Crime, Prison and Female Labour Supply, Journal of Quantitative Criminology Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 69-85.
- Witt R., Clarke A., and Fielding N. (1999), Crime and Economic Activity: A Panel Data Approach, British Journal of Criminology Volume 39, Issue 3, Pages 391-400.
- Witt R., Clarke A., and Fielding N. (1998), Crime, Earnings, Inequality and Unemployment in England and Wales, Applied Economics Letters Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 265-267.
- Witt R., Clarke A., and Fielding N. (1998), Common Trends and Common Cycles in Regional Crime, Applied Economics Volume 30, Issue 1, Pages1407-1412.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (1998), Petrol Price Asymmetries Revisited, Energy Economics Volume 20, Issue 3, Pages 297-308.
- Witt R. (1997), The Demand for Car Fuel Efficiency: Some Evidence for the UK, Applied Economics Volume 29, Issue 9, Pages 1249-1254.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (1996), Crime, Deterrence and Unemployment in England and Wales: An Empirical Analysis, Bulletin of Economic Research Volume 48, Issue 2, Pages 137-159.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (1995), English League Transfer Prices: Is There a Racial Dimension?, Applied Economics Letters Volume 2, Issue 7, Pages 220-222.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (1994), Regional House Prices and Possessions in England and Wales: An Empirical Analysis, Regional Studies Volume 28, Issue 5, Pages 475-482.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (1992), Are the Treasury's Tax Revenue Forecasts Rational?, The Manchester School Volume 60, Issue 4, Pages 390-402.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (1992), Regional Crime and Unemployment in Scotland: An Econometric Analysis, Scottish Journal of Political Economy Volume 39, Issue 2, Pages 213-228.
- Kirchmaier, T., Machin, S., Sandi, M., and Witt, R. (2018), Metal Crime: the Impact of Prices, Policing and Policy, Centre Piece Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages 15-17.
- Draca, M., Machin, S., and Witt, R. (2006). Panic on the Streets of London, Centre Piece Volume 11, Issue 2, Pages 6-9.
- Clark S., Close R., Porter A., and Witt R. (1978), Flow of Funds - Analysis and Forecasts, Barclays Review 1978 - Group Econ Intelligence, Barclays Review 53 (3) pp. 47-51
Books and Book Chapters
- Draca M., Machin S., and Witt R. (2010), Crime Displacement and Police Interventions: Evidence from London's Operation Theseus in: Tella RD, Edwards S, Schargrodsky E (eds.), The Economics of Crime: Lessons for and from Latin America, Pages 359-374 University Of Chicago Press: NBER Conference.
- Witte A.D., and Witt R. (2003), What We Spend and What We Get: Public and Private Provision of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in: Miles D, Myles G, Preston I (eds.), The Economics of Public Spending, Pages 199-235 OUP Oxford.
- Witt R., and Witte A.D. (2002), Crime Causation: Economic Theories, In: Dressler J (eds.), Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, Volume 1, Pages 302-306 MacMillan Reference Library.
- Fielding N.G., Clarke A., and Witt R. (eds) (2000), The Economic Dimensions of Crime, Palgrave Macmillan.
- Clarke A., Fielding N., and Witt R. (2000), Crime, Unemployment and Deprivation, in: Fielding N., Clarke A., and Witt R. (eds.), The Economics Dimensions of Crime Pages. 210-222 Macmillan Press and St. Martin's Press.
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (2016), Disciplinary Sanction and Social Pressure in English Premiership Soccer, University of Sussex Economics Working Paper Series (No. 88-2016)
- Bale T., Reilly B., and Witt R. (2008), Determining Constituency Marginality in the UK Using the Expense Claims of MPs, University of Surrey School of Economics Discussion Paper DP 01/08 pp. 1-18
- Reilly B., and Witt R. (2007). The Determinants of Base Pay and the Role of Race in Major League Soccer: Evidence from the 2007 League Season, University of Surrey School of Economics Discussion Paper DP 19/07 pp. 1-27
- Temple P., Blind K., Jungmittag A., Spencer C., Swann G., and Witt R. (2005) The Empirical Economics of Standards, DTI Economics Paper No. 12.
- Temple P.,Witt R., and Spencer C. (2004), Institutions and Long-Run Growth in the UK: the Role of Standards, University of Surrey School of Economics Discussion Paper DP 19/07.
- Witte A.D., Queralt M., Witt R., and Griesinger H. (2002), The Policy Context and Infant and Toddler Care in the Welfare Reform Era, NBER Working Paper No. 8893
- Witte A.D.,, Queralt M., and Witt R. (2000), Changes in the Availability, Quality and Price of Child Care in Massachusetts Between 1997 to 1999, Wellesley College Working Paper 2000, 2000-12.
- Lemke RJ., Witte A.D., Queralt M., and Witt R. (2000), Child Care and the Welfare to Work Transition, NBER Working Paper No. 7583
- Witt R., Clarke A., and Fielding N. (1996), Are Higher Long-Term Unemployment Rates Associated with Higher Crime?, University of Surrey School of Economics Discussion Paper DP 7/96
- Hunt LC., and Witt R. (1995), An Analysis of UK Energy Demand Using Multivariate Cointegration, Surrey Energy Economics Discussion Paper Series SEEDS86