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.

Professor Motomura has been published in a number of scholarly journals, including Economic Inquiry, Journal of Sports Economics, Journal of Economic History, and Explorations in Economic History.

Among the courses he teaches are Economics of Sports, U.S. Economic History, History of World Economic Development, the economics capstone course Seminar in Economic Research, Industrial Organization 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 in area leagues, and with his daughter.


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