Akira Motomura


Akira Motomura is Associate Professor of Economics. He is currently researching in the field of Sports Economics, particularly the National Basketball Association draft and attendance in Major League Baseball. He has published research on the economic history of 17th century Spain. He has also written essays about economic history textbooks and on teaching Asian American students.

Among the courses he teaches are Economics of Sports, United States Economic History, History of World Economic Development, Economics and the Law, the economics capstone course Seminar in Economic History, and both Economic Principles courses. He has directed senior theses in Economics and in History.

Pursuing his love of sports in his spare time, he plays basketball and softball in area leagues, and with his daughter.


  • M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
  • B.A., Yale University

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Economic Research
  • Industrial Organization