Economics and Finance


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Dr Joe Cox

  • Qualifications: PhD, MSc, BA
  • Role Title: Reader in Digital Economy
  • Address: Richmond Building Portland Street Portsmouth PO1 3DE
  • Telephone: 02392 844723
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  • Department: Economics and Finance
  • Faculty: Portsmouth Business School


I was appointed as a full-time lecturer at Portsmouth Business School in January 2005 and work within the Economics and Finance subject group.  I was awarded a PhD by the University of Portsmouth following the submission of my thesis entitled ‘Studies in licit and illicit markets for digital entertainment goods’.  My main academic interests relate to microeconomics and industrial organisation, specifically markets for entertainment goods as well as the ways in which the growth of the digital economy has affected economic interactions and activities.


Teaching Responsibilities

I teach microeconomic theory and its many applications, including crime and industrial organisation.  I coordinate units in Intermediate Microeconomics and The Economics of Crime and Social Issues and have previously taught Industrial Organisation, Economics for Business and has coordinated the Independent Study Unit for final year economics students.

I currently hold the position of Research Lead for the Economics and Finance subject group and am a member of the Faculty Board.  I have previously occupied the roles of Director of Undergraduate Programmes in Economics and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Business and Management programme, as well as Chair of the Economics and Finance Subject Group Staff Meetings, Schools Liaison Officer and Admissions Tutor for the European Business Programme. 

A selection websites and links to sites that relate to my interests and teaching include:


I have undertaken research into a wide variety of industries and markets, particularly for entertainment and cultural goods.  I have published papers in a number of leading journals, including the European Journal of Operational Research, Managerial and Decision Economics, Information Economics and Policy and The Journal of Cultural Economics.  I have undertaken applied empirical research into the markets for video games, movies and music, investigating issues such as the determinants of sales, piracy and file sharing activity and the influence of critical reviews upon consumer behaviour.  Another focus of my research is the digital economy and how its emergence has affected key behaviours and interactions within entertainment and other markets.  I am currently researching the impact of digital economy upon the voluntary and not-for-profit sectors, with a specific focus on crowdsourcing and citizen science projects.


Research profile

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