Brian Volz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics

508-767-7569 Founders Hall - Room 309

Degrees Earned

Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2009
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2005
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 2003

Undergraduate Courses Taught

ECO 110: Principles of Microeconomics: Eleven Semesters
ECO 115: Statistics I: Six Semesters
ECO 325: Corporate Finance: Six Semesters
ECO 340: Economics of Sports: Four Semester
ECO 323: Labor Economics: Three Semesters
ECO 212: Economics of the Public Sector: One Semester
ECO 331: Industrial Organization: One Semester
ECO 499W: Research Seminar: One Semester

Publications & Editorships

“Evaluating Manager and Team Efficiencies in Major League Baseball” In J. Zhu (Ed.), Data Envelopment Analysis: A Handbook of Empirical Studies and Applications, Springer, 2016.

“Race and Quarterback Survival in the National Football League” Journal of Sports Economics, 2015.

“Race and the Likelihood of Managing in Major League Baseball” Journal of Labor Research, Vol. 34, No. 1, (2013): 30-51.

“Debating Immortality: Application of DEA to Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame” Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 33, No. 3, (2012): 177-188, with Thomas Miceli.

“Minority Status and Managerial Survival in Major League Baseball” Journal of Sports Economics, Vol. 10, No. 5, (2009): 522-542.

Presentations

“NFL Quarterback Efficiency: A DEA Approach” Western Economics Association International Annual Conference, June 28, 2015 

“Customer Discrimination in the NFL: Evidence from Fantasy Football” Western Economics Association International Annual Conference, June 30, 2014 

“Race and Quarterback Survival in the National Football League” Eastern Economics Association Annual Conference, March 9, 2012 (Session Chair) 

“Debating Immortality: Application of DEA to Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame” Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, February 27, 2011(Session Chair) 

“Race and the Likelihood of Managing in Major League Baseball” Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, February 28, 2010 (Session Chair) 

"Minority Status and Managerial Survival in Major League Baseball" Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, February 27, 2009 

"Efficient Production of Wins in Major League Baseball" Brownbag Presentation Series, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, December 1, 2008 

"Minority Status and Managerial Survival in Major League Baseball" Brownbag Presentation Series, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, February 21, 2008

Exhibitions

Grants and Awards

Faculty Development Grant, Assumption College, 2015 “NFL Quarterback Efficiency: A DEA Approach”

Faculty Development Grant, Assumption College, 2013 “Customer Discrimination in the NFL: Evidence from Fantasy Football”

Faculty Development Grant, Assumption College, 2011 “Race and Quarterback Survival in the National Football League”

Albert E. Waugh Scholarship, University of Connecticut, 2007 “To recognize both a high level of academic achievement and promise as a teacher.”

Graduate Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2004 – 2009

Professional Affiliations

North American Association of Sports Economists

Society for American Baseball Research

American Economic Association

Eastern Economic Association

Professional Service

Honors Thesis Advising, 2014-Present

Faculty Development Committee, Fall 2012 - Present

Honors Faculty Council, Fall 2011 - Present

College Conduct Board, Fall 2011 – Present

Faculty Senate, Fall 2012 - Spring 2014

Session Chair, Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2014 & 2015

Core Curriculum Sub-Group IVA “Scaling Up: Staffing the New Curriculum”