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Dr Robert Webb

BA (Hons) (LMU), PhD (Anglia Ruskin)
Associate Professor in Banking

Division: Industrial Economics and Finance
Centre/Institute: Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8230588
Location: C14 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

Rob's main areas of research are financial institution performance and wider applied economics issues. Rob joined the University of Nottingham in 2013 and is currently Co-Director of MBA and MSc Programmes for the Business School. He has published widely in international journals such as: Corporate Governance: An International Journal; International Journal of the Economics of Business; Theory and Decision; Human Relations;International Review of Financial Analysis and Journal of Social Policy. He has also written numerous book chapters and recently authored a book on banking and finance. In the recent past Rob has also acted as a consultant for Marsh plc, Zurich plc and the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Currently he Chairs the Risk Panel for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Research Interests
Banking; Pensions; Behaviour and Risk Reporting in Financial Institutions; Mortgage Equity Withdrawal in the UK housing market; Loan Supply by Banks during the financial crisis; Risk Managament in Financial Instititions; Organisational Behaviour; Economics of Higher Education

Administrative Roles
Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Recruitment
I am currently heavily involved in teaching and development of the postgraduate syllabus and currently teach the following postgraduate modules in banking:


Bank Theory and Operations (N14163)
Current Research Activities
I am currently working on organisational behaviour in financial institutions with Dr Cormac Bryce and Professor Thorsten Chmura. This work adapts elements of pyschology with field experiments to address human behaviour and risk reporting. In collobaoration with Dr Duncan Watson I am also working on a project regarding Mortgage Equity Withdrawal in UK banking in the pre-crash era. In addition, with Dr Richard Simper I am analysing loan demand and supply in the UK through the economic cycle. Finally, with Dr Duncan Watson I am modelling graduate attitudes to Higher Education.
I am currently supervising the following Research Students:

Andrea Pilava
Xiaotian Wang
Yuzhu Li

Publications prior to 2005

Publications prior to 2005

Journal Articles

Webb, R. (2003), "Levels of Relative Efficiency in Large UK Banks: A DEA Window Analysis", International Journal of the Economic of Business, Vol.10 (3), pp. 305-322.

Webb, R.; Beck, K.; McKinnon, R. (2003), "Problems and Limitations of Institutional Investor Participation in Corporate Governance'", Corporate Governance: An International Journal, Vol.11 (1).

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Hinks, T. (2003), "Testing for Wage Overpayment in UK Financial Services: A Stochastic Frontier Approach", The Services Industries Journal, Vol.23 (5), pp. 123-136.

Webb, R.; Nawaz, S.; McKinnon, R. (2002), "Informal and Formal Money Transfer Networks: Financial Service or Financial Crime?", Vol.5 (4).

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Cook, S; Watson, D; Webb, R. (2018), "It\'s just not worth a damn! Investigating attitudes towards the financial value of attending university", Studies in Higher Education, forthcoming 2018.

Bryce C.; Chmura, T.; Webb, R.; Cheevers, C.; Webb, R.; Siebale, J. (2017), "Internally Reporting Risk in Financial Services: An Empirical Analysis", Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming 2017.

Bryce, C; Cheevers,C; Webb, R; Ring, P; Clark, G, (2016), "Should the Insurance Industry be Banking on Risk Escalation for Solvency II?", International Review of Financial Analysis, Vol.46, pp. 131-139.

Mabwe, K; Ring, P; Webb, R. (2016), "Operational risk and the three lines of defence in UK financial institutions: Is three really the magic number?", Journal of Operational Risk, Vol.12 (1), pp. 53-69.

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Cook, S.; Arico, F. (2015), "Graduate views on access to Higher Education: is it really a case of pulling up the ladder?", Studies in Higher Education, pp. 1-16, forthcoming 2015, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1049143.

Jaffer, K.; Mabwe, K.; Webb, R. (2014), "Changing Bank Income Structure: Evidence from Large UK Banks?", Asian Journal of Finance And Accounting, Vol.6 (2).

Ring, P.; Bryce, C.; Webb, R. (2014), "Taking notice of risk culture - the regulator\'s approach", Journal of Risk Research, forthcoming 2014.

Webb, R.; Ring, P.; Watson, D.; Bryce, C. (2014), "Pension Confusion, Uncertainty and Trust in Scotland: An Empirical Analysis", Journal of Social Policy, Vol.43 (3), pp. 595-613.

Bryce, C.; Cheevers, C.; Webb, R. (2013), "Operational Risk Escalation: An Empirical Analysis of UK Call Centres\'", International Review of Financial Analysis, Vol.30, pp. 298-307, doi.10.1016/j.irfa.2013.05.002.

Jaffer, K.; Mabwe, K.; Webb, R. (2012), "Major British bank performance over the business cycle", International Journal of Economic Sciences, Vol.1 (2), pp. 26-50.

Bryce, C.; Webb, R.; Adam, J. (2011), "Internal loss data collection implementation: evidence from a major UK financial institution", Journal of Risk Research, Vol.14 (10), pp. 1161-1176.

Watson, D.; Parker, L.; Webb, R. (2011), "Family fortunes: gender-based differences in the impact of employment and home characteristics on satisfaction levels", Vol.40 (3), pp. 259-264, DOI: 10.1016/j.socec.2011.01.009.

Mabwe, K.; Webb, R. (2010), "A financial ratio analysis of commercial bank performance in South African banking", African Review of Economics and Finance, Vol.2 (1), pp. 1-24.

Webb, R.; Bryce, C.; Watson, D. (2010), "The Effect of Building Society Demutualisation on Levels of Relative Efficiency at Large UK Commercial Banks", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol.18 (4), pp. 333-355, Paper received the 'Highly commended Award' from the Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance.

Watson, D.; Webb, R. (2009), "Do Europeans view their homes as castles? Home ownership and poverty perception throughout Europe", Urban Studies, Vol.46 (11), pp. 1-20, DOI: 10.1177/0042098009106020.

Watson, D.; Webb, R. (2008), "Reservation wage levels in UK and German financial services sectors", Service Industries Journal, Vol.28 (8), pp. 1167-1182, DOI: 10.1080/02642060802187959.

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Johnson, S. (2006), "Employer Perceptions of Skill Deficiencies in the UK Labour Market: A Sub-Regional Analysis", Environment and Planning A, Vol.38 (9), pp. 1753-1771.

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Johnson, S. (2006), "Influence Costs and the Reporting of Skill Deficiencies", Human Relations, Vol.59 (1).

Webb, R.; Watson, D.; Birdi, A. (2005), "Coping with Low Pay: Cognitive Dissonance and Persistent Disparate Earnings Profiles", Theory and Decision, Vol.57 (4), pp. 367-378.


Webb, R. (2013), Economics Express: Financial Institutions & Markets, Pearson Education..

Chapters in Books

Webb, R. (2013), "Financial Institutions and Markets", in Griffiths, A. and Wall, S. (ed) Applied Economics, (1999 2001 2004 2007 2011) FT Prentice Hall. Harlow..

Discussion Papers

Wang, X.; Barakat, A., Webb, R. 2017, "The Determinants of Cross-Border Syndicated Loans from Chinese Banks",



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