Open Lecture: Is it a bad idea to be a football fan?

Thursday, 7 November, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:00
National Institute of Economic and Social Research
2 Dean Trench Street
SW1P 3HE London
United Kingdom



Part of the Festival of Social Science 2019 at NIESR

Using data from 40,000 people collected from frequent ‘pings’ to smart phones over 3 years, Peter Dolton's research finds that football – on average – makes us unhappier – so why would we anyone go through the psychological pain of following a football team? The lecture will attempt to explain this behavioural choice paradox and investigate why we go on following our teams, even though matches make us more unhappy on average.

Prof Peter Dolton is a Research Director at NIESR

WhereNIESR, 2 Dean Trench Street, London SW1P 3HE

When: 18.00 to 19.00 followed by a drinks reception

Registration: The event is free but places are limited. Please RSVP at foss [at] to secure a place.


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