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Johan Rewilak, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
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  • Ph.D., Economics and Finance, University of Leicester, 2014
  • M.S., Economics and Development Economics, University of Nottingham, 2009
  • B.A., Economics, University of Leicester, 2008


Johan Rewilak joined the Department of Sport Management faculty within the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina as an assistant professor in January 2023. Rewilak served as an assistant professor of sport economics at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K., prior to his position at USC.

Rewilak transitioned his expertise in economics to the sport management field in 2018 after providing expert commentary in media appearances and discovering the impactful research opportunities that exist within the sport industry. He has since published articles in leading sport journals while authoring chapters in books related to economical and financial issues in sport as well as sport performance. His passion for sport also led him to develop and lead the Aston Sports Economics and Finance Module that encompasses broader sport management issues and sport analytics.

In addition to his six years as an assistant professor with Aston, Rewilak served as a senior lecturer of sport economics in the Department of Sport Science and Management at Nottingham Trent University in 2022. Before his appointment with Aston in 2016, Rewilak did a two-year stint with the University of Huddersfield as an assistant professor of economics with the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

After finishing his Ph.D. and beginning his teaching career, Rewilak held several administrative roles at both Huddersfield and Aston. His first stop at Huddersfield included serving as the business school conference organizer and he was an undergraduate and postgraduate admissions tutor. With Aston, Rewilak began serving as a faculty senator in 2018 and he was the Bloomberg Trading Room director for over three years. He also served as director of the master's program in finance for one year, oversaw the master's in investment analysis program for over two years, and Rewilak sat on the Academic Assembly Standing Committee throughout his tenure with Aston.

Rewilak got his start in teaching as a graduate assistant in 2010 with the Department of Economics at the University of Leicester. He later became an associate lecturer with the department teaching undergraduate courses in macroeconomics and finances as well as development economics.

Rewilak earned his Ph.D. in economics and finance from Leicester in 2014 after receiving a Master of Science in economics and development economics from the University of Nottingham in 2009. Rewilak earned his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Leicester in 2008.

Research Interests

  • Sport economics
  • Sport finance
  • Sport performance
  • Economic growth
  • Gender equity


Demetriades, P. O., Rewilak, J. M., Rousseau, P. L. (2023). Finance, growth and fragility. Journal of Financial Services Research, 1-21.

Rewilak, J.
(2022). Dancing with the stars revisited: Does dropping out of the Champions League, into the Europa League, impact domestic performance? Managing Sport and Leisure.

Rewilak, J. (2022). The designated player policy rule and attendance demand in Major League Soccer. Journal of Sports Economics.

Fitzpatrick, D., & Rewilak, J. (2022). Teaching the business of sport (beyond the disciplinary boundary). In L. Traczykowski, A. D. Goddard, G. Knight & E. Vettraino (Eds.), Business teaching beyond silos: Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary learning (pp. 132-143). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Hayduk III, T., & Rewilak, J. (2021). What are the benefits of hosting a sporting mega event? Evidence from industrial firms in China. Journal of Sport Management, 36(2). 1-12.

Rewilak, J. (2021). The (non) determinants of Olympic success. Journal of Sports Economics, 22(5), 546–570.

Singleton, C., Reade, J., Schreyer, D., & Rewilak, J. (2021). How big is home advantage at the Olympic Games? In H. A. Solberg, R. Storm & K. Swart (Eds.), Research handbook on major sporting events. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Demetriades, P., & Rewilak, J. (2020). Recovering the finance-growth nexus. Economics Letters, 196(2020), 109563.

Rewilak, J. (2020). Should we increase average income, or the poor’s income to reduce infant and child mortality? Journal of Economic Studies, 48(2), 392-412.

Rewilak, J. (2018). The impact of financial crises on the poor. Journal of Development Finance, 30(1), 3-19.

Rewilak, J. (2017). The role of financial development in poverty reduction. Review of Development Finance, 7(2), 169-176.

Fielding, D., & Rewilak, J. (2015). Credit booms, financial fragility and banking crises. Economics Letters, 136, 233-236.

Rewilak, J. (2013). Finance is good for the poor but it depends where you live. Journal of Banking and Finance, 37(5), 1451-1459.

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