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Dr Johan Rewilak - Aston University. Birmingham, , GB

Dr Johan Rewilak Dr Johan Rewilak

Lecturer, Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship | Aston University


Dr Rewilak's research focuses on development finance and sports economics, in particular football.






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ROSES IX, Johan Rewilak,




Dr Johan Rewilak's research focuses on sports economics and development finance. His PhD thesis examined the role of financial development in poverty reduction with a specific focus on developing economies.

Johan's current research examines the economic impact of sporting events, including the Olympic Games, the role of superstar players on sports attendance and financial distress in professional football.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Sports Economics

Sports Finance

Sport Management


Financial Distress

Economic Growth & Development

Poverty Reduction

Economic Issues

Education (3)

University of Leicester: BA, Economics 2008

University of Nottingham: MSc, Economics 2009

University of Leicester: PhD, Economics 2013

Affiliations (4)

  • Western Economic Assocation (WEAI)
  • American Economic Association (AEA)
  • North American Association of Sports Economists (NAASE)
  • Higher Education Academy : Senior Fellow

Media Appearances (2)

Why the Bank of England is raising interest rates – and the risks involved

The Conversation  online


The Bank of England is poised to raise interest rates for the first time since July 2007. Its monetary policy committee (MPC) will meet to decide on November 2. The MPC’s last vote on the issue was a 7-2 majority for maintaining current rates, but it’s only a matter of time before rates rise.

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Why the falling price of gold may be cause for optimism

The Conversation  online


Gold prices have tumbled to a five-year low. As a tradeable commodity, the price of gold is largely linked to supply and demand. While supply remains fairly fixed, demand is shaped by the state of the global economy and investor perceptions of gold’s value as an asset – this is in turn shaped by the strength of the US dollar.

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Articles (5)

Recovering the finance-growth nexus

Economics Letters

We show that the finance-growth nexus can be recovered by using quality adjusted measures of financial development. Specifically, we utilize three World Bank financial fragility indicators – the Z-score, a measure of liquidity and a measure of impaired loans – to construct quality adjusted measures of private credit to GDP. Our findings suggest that the finance-growth nexus is alive and kicking, as long as banks use sound lending practices to prevent the buildup of non-performing loans.

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Should we increase average income, or the poor’s income to reduce infant and child mortality?

Journal of Economic Studies

This article examines whether increasing the income of the poor – measured as the income of the lowest quintile – is more beneficial in reducing infant and child mortality rates compared with increases in average income. Given the global importance in reducing infant mortality, the value of this research is important to academics, policymakers and practitioners alike.

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The Impact of Financial Crises on the Poor

Journal of International Development

Financial crises have detrimental impacts on the economy via depressed economic growth and rising unemployment, however, their impact on the poorest in society is relatively under‐researched. This paper investigates the impact of three different types of financial crises on the income of the poor. Using a variety of estimation techniques and controlling for a lagged dependent variable, the results suggest that currency crises are the most harmful to the poor, followed by banking crises.

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The role of financial development in poverty reduction

Review of Development Finance

This paper investigates whether financial development is conducive in poverty reduction. Separating financial development into four categories and using newly available data this paper finds that both financial deepening and greater physical access is beneficial in reducing the proportion of people below the poverty line. Using alternative measures of financial instability, the results also challenge existing findings that it may increase the incidence of poverty. In addition, the results remain robust even when controlling for mobile money, providing a further valuable contribution to the literature.

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Credit booms, financial fragility and banking crises

Economics Letters

Using a new country-level panel database, we explore effect of capital inflow surges, credit booms and financial fragility on the probability of banking crises. We find that booms increase the probability of a crisis only in relatively fragile financial systems.

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