School of Economics


The research carried out at the School of Economics is among the most significant and influential of its kind in the world. In the past few years alone our work has attracted millions of pounds in awards and grants, featured hundreds of times in leading academic journals and earned thousands of citations.

But research is about far more than gaining the admiration of your peers. It is also about making an impact beyond academia. Research can help boost economic competitiveness, improve the effectiveness of public services and policy and enhance quality of life. We have made important contributions in all of these areas through the work of our research centres.

We are constantly looking to strengthen our research capacity and build on our reputation for excellence. Every member of staff is research-active, and we provide especially strong support for early career researchers. If you are interested in a research degree with us, please visit our postgraduate research degrees section.

We are involved in wider research networks around the world and have established our own research hubs in China and Malaysia. Our work is also growing ever more interdisciplinary in scope, reach and significance, drawing on collaborations with experts in fields as diverse as psychology, political science and anthropology. All of these efforts make for one of the most vibrant and inclusive research environments in economics.

REF results

In the latest Research Excellence Framework:

  • we ranked 6th in the UK, judged by the overall research power measure which takes into account both the strength and depth of a department's research activities
  • 90% of our research activities were considered 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'

Our postgraduate research programme


Bank of EnglandResearch impact

Lending rates: have banks been behaving badly?

Research by the Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics (CFCM) has helped shed new light on how banks set their lending rates for households and firms. The insights resulting from this work are proving especially valuable amid claims that rates have been kept higher than necessary in the wake of the financial crisis.

Read more about this research.


Latest publications

Credence Goods, Costly Diagnosis, and Subjective Evaluation

In this publication in the Economic Journal, Helmut Bester and Matthias Dahm analyse optimal contracts between a consumer and an expert in a credence good model when the expert's diagnostic effort is subject to moral hazard and payments depend on the consumer's subjective evaluation for the good.

Trade, firm selection, and innovation: the competition channel

In this publication in the Economic Journal, Giammario Impullitti and Omar Licandro present an analysis of the welfare gains originating from pro-competitive effects of trade liberalization in an economy with heterogeneous firms, variable markups and endogenous growth.

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