Economics has a strong research culture and an established reputation in several fields, notably applied microeconomics, international economics, economic development, macroeconomics, and environmental economics. Our active internal and external seminar programmes foster the overall research effort of staff.

In recent years, we have produced a continuous flow of high quality research outputs (journal articles, edited collections and monographs) and external research funding (from ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, UK government, and EU Framework Programme 7). Articles have appeared in leading journals, including: Ecological Economics, Economic Record, Economica, Economics Letters, Education Economics, European Economic Review, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Public Choice, Regional Studies, Review of Development Economics, Review of International Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Small Business Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Urban Studies, and World Development.

Looking ahead, we are committed to raising the level and ambition of our research to world leading and international standards of excellence. As well as focusing on high quality publication in the core areas of economics, we will also focus on interdisciplinary research initiatives by providing an economics-based contribution to such projects.


Visiting professors

  • Professor Taradas Bandyopadhyay, University of California, California
  • Professor Richard Green PhD Cambridge (Visiting Professor), Director of the Institute for Energy Research and Policy, University of Birmingham Industrial economics, regulation particularly with reference to electricity

Research Students

The following students are currently undertaking research projects

Student Topic
ABROKWA,  Kennedy Abrokwa The working of a common currency - a look into West Africa
ADU, Abraham Inflation targeting and financial stability - evidence from sub-Saharan Africa
ALMABROK, Jaballa M Jaballa Unemployment and the informal economy
ELHEDDAD, Mohamed Mahjoub Foreign Direct Investment, Natural Resources and Economic Growth in Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC)
EMMERTON, Monika Maria Performance persistence and market structure in commercial banking across G7 countries
ILYAS, Sidra Impact of Education on Economic Growth of US States: An Industry Level Analysis
MUBA, Seif Ramadhani Emerging capital markets: factors that impede development
MUHAMMAD, Kumaludeen Impact of financial liberalisation on economic performance in Sub-Saharan African countries
MWAKIBETE, Andwilile       Factors influencing property tax collection in Tanzania
PALACIOS-RODRIGUEZ, Roberto Consumption at the end of the life-cycle: implications for pensions and health care of an ageing population
SIMA, Xinxing Return to health and education investment in urban China
STEAD, Alexander Regulation and efficiency in UK public utilities
THAPA PARAJULI, Resham Bahadur Trade and Financial Liberalization and its impact on Growth and Income Distribution: A Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Modelling Analysis 
ZHANG, Chi  How the demographic transition affects the industrial structure


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Research Specialisms

Research is conducted in major areas of the economics discipline including

  • economic growth
  • development economics
  • financial development and economic inequality
  • income distribution
  • macroeconomics
  • international economics (including international trade theory and international finance)
  • applied econometrics
  • micro- and macro-econometrics using dynamic equilibrium models
  • open economy macroeconomics
  • structural change
  • industrial economics
  • industrial organisation
  • economics of regulation
  • economics of transport and utilities
  • efficiency and performance measurement
  • data envelopment analysis
  • financial economics
  • game theory
  • labour economics
  • economics of education
  • health economics
  • economics of aging
  • economics of sport
  • applied microeconomics
  • agricultural economics
  • economics of commodities
  • energy economics
  • natural resources
  • environmental economics (especially the estuarine and marine environment)
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