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 (CFCM) 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 17/06: Trust and technology transfers

Maria Garcia-Vega and Elena Huergo

CeDEx 2017-07: Disappointment Aversion and Social Comparisons in a Real-Effort Competition

Simon G├Ąchter, Lingbo Huang & Martin Sefton

CREDIT 17/03 The economic impact of political instability and mass civil protest

Samer Matta, Simon Appleton and Michael Bleaney

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Latest publications

To replicate or not to replicate? Exploring reproducibility in economics

In this forthcoming publication in the Economic Journal, Zacharias Maniadis, Fabio Tufano and John A. List employ both theory and empirical evidence to discuss the import of replication for improving confidence in novel research findings in (empirical) economics.

The research reproducibility crisis and economics of science

In this forthcoming publication in the Economic Journal, Zacharias Maniadis and Fabio Tufano offer an overview of the current state of play on the crisis of research reproducibility and the consequent twofold opportunity for cross-fertilization between economics and other empirical disciplines.

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