Robbie Butler

College Lecturer, Department of Economics, University College Cork

Robbie Butler has been a college lecturer in the Department of Economics, University College Cork, since September 2006, completing his doctorate in 2013 under the supervision of Veblen-Commons Award winner Professor Geoffrey Hodgson. In October 2015, he was awarded the prestigious President’s Prize for Excellent in Teaching at University College Cork, becoming one of the youngest staff members ever to receive the award. He is currently completing a Masters in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (MATLHE). Mr Butler’s research interests are focused on institutional economics and the economics of sport. He is a founding member of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR) and is a member of both the International Association of Sports Economists (IASE) and European Association of Sports Economists (ESAE).

Recent Research by Robbie Butler

— Sep 15, 2016
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Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report

The Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report is the world’s premier measurement of economic freedom, ranking countries based on five areas: size of government, legal structure and security of property rights, access to sound money, freedom to trade internationally, and regulation of credit, labour and business. This year’s report compares 159 countries and territories. In this year’s ranking, which is based on 2014 data, Hong Kong is again number one, Canada is tied for fifth, and the United States ranked 16th for the second year in a row.