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Research

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

 
Macroeconomics, forecasting and real-time policy analysis

Research impact

Macroeconomics, forecasting and real-time policy analysis

Macroeconomic models have an important role to play in helping decision-makers understand business cycles and recessions. Research by the Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics has helped demonstrate how such models can help with forecasting and real-time policy analysis by presenting the likelihood of the entire range of possible outcomes.

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Latest discussion papers

GEP 17/14: Technology, market structure and the gains from trade

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Giammario Impullitti, Omar Licandro and Pontus Rendahl

NICEP 17/01: Race, Representation and Policy: Black Elected Officials and Public Spending in the US South

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In this paper Andrea Bernini, Giovanni Facchini and Cecilia Testa provide the first systematic assessment on the effect of the Voting Right Act on the racial make-up of US local governments between 1964 and 1980, providing causal evidence that it increased black representation in important elective bodies, for example, county commissions, with extensive policy making power.

NICEP 17/02: The First and Last Word in Debates: Plaintive Plaintiffs

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Elena D'Agostino and Daniel J. Seidmann discuss whether it is better to have the first or the last word in debates.

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Latest publications

Conditional cooperation and betrayal aversion

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In this publication in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Robin Cubitt, Simon G├Ąchter and Simone Quercia use a laboratory experiment to investigate whether there is a link between two phenomena that have attracted the attention of behavioural economists and psychologists: conditional willingness to cooperate in social dilemmas and particular aversion to risks that arise from the possibility of intentional exploitation by other human agents.

Firm dynamics and residual inequality in open economies

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In this publication in the Journal of the European Economic Association, Gabriel Felbermayr, Giammario Impullitti and Julien Prat study the implications of labor and product market reforms on wage inequality in an open economy model with search frictions and firm heterogeneity.

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