• Rhys Wheeler

    Ph.D Economics Student and Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University

  • I am a Ph.D Economics student at Lancaster University studying applied microeconomics and specialising in economic issues surrounding gambling and addictive behaviour.


    Current Teaching: Econ101 - Principles of Economics 

  • External Activity

    My outward research activities

    Research in the Media

    • "How much of a problem is problem gambling?" press release by co-author Prof. Ian Walker. Covered by The Guardian (The Observer). in April 2017.

    Conferences and Seminars:

    Conference Presentations:

    • NWDTC Economics Conference 2017, 9th-10th May 2017, Manchester University. "How much of a problem is problem gambling?"
    • RES Annual Conference, 10th-12th April 2017, Bristol University​. "How much of a problem is problem gambling?"
    • International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, 6th-10th June 2016, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas (hosted by the University of Nevada Las Vegas). "The Economics of Lotto"
    • NWDTC Economics Conference 2016, 20th-21st May 2016, Lancaster University. "The economics of lotto demand".
    Conference and Seminar Participation:
    • NWDTC Economics Conference 2015, 14th-15th May 2015, Liverpool University.
    • Early Careers Teaching Symposium, 16th-17th April 2015, Bristol University. 
  • Academic Work

    Publications and Working Papers


    "Investigating the hot hand hypothesis: An application to European football.", Simmons, R. and Wheeler, R. In "The Economics of Sports Betting", Rodriguez, P., Humphreys, B.R., and Simmons, R., 2017, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

    Working Papers

    Works in progress

    • "The economics of lotto design", Walker and Wheeler
    • "The regressivity of gambling taxation", Pryce and Wheeler


    Lancaster University

    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Economics 2014 - 2017

    Research interests:

    • Applied Microeconomics
    • The Economics of Gambling
    • The Economics of Addiction
    • Behavioural Economics
    • Experimental Economics


    • Economic and Social Research Council CASE Award (tuition fees and stipend), 2014 - 2017

    2014-2016 - Econ 101: Principles of Economics.


    Other Activity:

    PhD student representative, Graduate College Pool Team A

    Lancaster University

    MEcon (hons) Economics 2010 - 2014

    Dissertation Titles:

    • "Investigating the Hot Hand Hypothesis: An Application to European Football" (2013)
    • "Manager Dismissal: A Poor Fix and an Inefficient Market?" (2014).

    Modules: Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Applied Microeconomics, Applied Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Behavioural Economics, Labour Economics, Behavioural Finance, Industrial Organisation, International Economics, International Business, Financial Economics

    Activities: SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), Economics Society, Bailrigg FM Presenter

    Pendleton College

    A-Level Economics, Business, Mathematics 2008 - 2010

    AS-Level Physics, Chemistry 2008-2009


    Activities: Shares4Schools North-West Regional Winner (2010)



    Lancaster University

    Graduate Teaching Assistant

    October 2014-Present

    Lancaster University

    Research Assistant 

    May 2014 – Sep 2014

    Royal Bank of Scotland

    Summer Intern 

    Jul 2013 – Aug 2013

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