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Professor Sam Cameron

PositionProfessor of Economics
LocationPemberton P1.38
Feedback HoursMondays 12:00-13:00, Wednesdays 11:00-12:00
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 234772

Research Interests (key words only)

Economics of crime, sexual behaviour, hatred; Cultural economics (currently co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics), Leisure economics

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Economics of Labour, Economics of Leisure, Topics in Microeconomics, Research Skills and Econometrics, Dissertation Supervisor.

Administrative Responsibilities

Undergraduate Programme Director, Research Director (Economics), Member/reviewer  Research Ethics panel. Member of IT for Research Group.


Grew up in Northern Ireland and attended local universities before attending the University of Bath (1979-81). Worked at the University of Staffordshire and Temple University (Philadelphia) before coming to the University of Bradford.

Study History

BSc.(Econ) The Queen's University of Belfast June 1978

MSc. (Econ) The Queen's University of Belfast November 1979

Ph.D. University of Bath July 1984

Professional History

Part-time Lecturer University of Bath 1980-1      

Temporary Lecturer II North Staffordshire Polytechnic 1981-2

Lecturer II North Staffordshire Polytechnic 1982-7

Adjunct Associate Professor Temple University, Philadelphia 1987-1988

Senior Lecturer Staffordshire Polytechnic 1988-9

Lecturer, University of Bradford 1989-2001

Reader in Economics University of Bradford December 2001-April 2004


Research Areas

Cultural economics (music industry, fakes, copies and authenticity, ethnic dimensions in leisure participation, heritage) Sexual markets (rinsing, pornography, long distance financial domination, prostitution) , Labour markets,Applied microeconomics).

Current Projects

Extreme happiness (analysis of people giving 100% scores on well being index), ethnic dimensions in leisure participation. Both of these are explorations of the Taking Part Survey being pilot work using the 2013/4 cohort before moving on to a panel study.Negative Social Capital and Happiness (with U.R.Lee) being an exploration of the role of war and conflict in determining subjective well being.


Association for Cultural Economics International. Associated committee member as editor of Journal of Cultural Economics. Life member of the Association for Social Economics.



Music in the Marketplace: A Social Economics Approach. Routledge. 2015   

Cultural Economics and Art(s) Markets in Routledge Companion to Arts Marketing ed. By Darragh O’Reilly, Ruth Rentschler and  Terri Kirchner, Routledge.2014.

Does economic theory lead naturally to a cynical view of philanthropy? In  B. Morvaridi (ed.)  New Philanthropy and Social Justice, Policy Press. University of Bristol.

Variety Demand and the impact of legal status on efficiency in prostitution markets, Scott Cunningham and Manisha Shah (ed)

Handbook of the Economics of Prostitution , Oxford Clarendon Press. 2016

Killing for Money and the Economic Theory of Crime. Review of Social Economy. 72(1)  March 28-41(2)2015

The value of collecting a particular musical artist: the case of MiniDiscs. Briefing Notes in Economics, Issue No.91.  2015 (with Mike Reynolds)

Past, present and future: music economics at the crossroads. Journal of Cultural Economics 2016 40(1) 1-14


Recently work on contract killing was prominenty featured in the Metro newspaper. Other work has been featured in a number of national (The Guardian, Mail on Sunday,Times Higher Education Supplement, The Observer, Woman's Realm, The Sunday Mirror)   and major regional  publications (Time Out, Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Chicago          Tribune, Edinburgh Evening News, Houston Daily Post, Oldham Evening Chronicle, Portsmouth News, Shropshire Star, Walsall Express and Star, Yorkshire Post, Courier  Mail (Australia) and also on national (Channel 5 Expresso consumer affairs show,BBC2 Newsnight) and regional (Meridian Tonight, London Weekend Television) terrestrial television and on UK radio (Radio 5 Live and Radio Solent) and Australian radio (interview on ABC).Details of any news/media coverage

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Socio-economic appraisal of policies to assist vulnerable victims 13th Annual Meeting on Socio-Economics. Amsterdam  June 2001.
  • Everyone’s A Genius: Towards an economic analysis of the consumer-producer boundary in the music industry. At  TRIP #5 ‘Framing Media Transformations: Interpretations of Creative Expression in New Media. National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford December 9th  2004
  • Gender Differences in Behaviour: Is There An Economic Contribution? Joint IAREP-SABE conference,  Paris June 2006  (and chair of session)
  • Widening the Economic Approach to Hatred. Association of Heterodox Economists,.Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. July 2007.
  • A Paler Shade of Litigation. – ACEI conference Northeastern University Boston June 2008.
  • University of Bradford REAP approach to measuring Community Engagement, CUPP Conference, Brighton University, April 2009
  • Non mega events as regeneration strategies, New Directions in Welfare Conference St. Catherine’s College, Oxford June-July 2009
  • Presentation in Panel on the Music Industry, Symposium, Copyrights, Contracts and Creativity University of Bournemouth The Business School CIPPM,25 September 2009

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