CFP: The Economics of Race, Gender, and Sports

Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy (JERP) Call for Papers

The issues of race and gender are at the forefront of modern sports news. At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics women made up almost 50% of the participants. In 2021 there were a record high 12 women in NFL coaching positions. In addition, the Tampa Bay Lightning recently iced the first ever entirely black forward line in the NHL. However, a great deal remains to be explored, with examples such as the ongoing lack of diversity in NFL general manager and coaching positions, as well as incidents such as the recent racist social media comments directed towards NHL player Ethan Bear of Ochapowace First Nation.

The Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy (JERP) announces a Call for Papers which examines current and historical issues that intersect economics with race or gender, and sports. The intention is that this call for papers will seek scholarly work on a range of topics that relate to gender or race in professional as well as amateur sports, which include both the traditional North American big-4 sports of football, baseball, basketball, and hockey as well as international sports. The call is open to, but not limited to, studies which explore access and equality of opportunities and outcomes in sports, how sports teams and associations have tried to increase the diversity of their sport and fan base, and the socioeconomic ramifications of those actions.

Submissions will be subject to the usual length and style requirements of JERP and will be peer-reviewed through its normal refereeing process as well as by the guest editors.  Abstracts to the special issue can be made by emailing the guest editors anytime until January 15, 2022.  A deadline of September 15, 2022 for submissions to the special issue can then be made online via JERP’s online submission portal. The issue is expected to appear in 2023.

The editors of the special issue are:

Johnny Ducking, PhD (

Ryan Compton, PhD (

All inquiries should be directed to the guest editors.

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