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


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 17/10: Globalisation and state capitalism: Assessing Vietnam's accession to the WTO

Leonardo Baccini, Giammario Impullitti and Edmund J. Malesky

CFCM 17/05: Are Fixed Exchange Rates Still a Mirage?

Michael Bleaney and Mo Tian

GEP 17/05: Heterogeneous economic integration agreements' effects, gravity, and welfare

Scott L Baier, Jeffrey H Bergstrand and Matthew W Clance

CFCM 17/04: Customer financing, bargaining power and trade credit uptake

Simona Mateut and Thanaset Chevapatrakul

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Latest publications

Growth, Import Dependence and War

In this publication, forthcoming in the Economic Journal, Roberto Bonfatti and Kevin O'Rourke argue that industrialisation may lead an emerging industrial nation to trigger war either against a resource-rich country or the incumbent nation. The model can help explain the US-Japanese conflict of 1941 and Hitler's invasion of Poland, and has implications for US-Chinese relations today.

Growth and inequality in public good provision

In this publication in the Journal of Public Economics, Simon Gaechter, Friederike Mengel, Elias Tsakas, and Alexander Vostroknutov report the results of experimental 'public good' games in which participants choose how to divide their resources between two investment options in each of either ten or fifteen rounds of the game.

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