Portrait of Dr Adelina Gschwandtner

Dr Adelina Gschwandtner

Senior Lecturer in Economics
Director of Studies, Stage 1


Adelina Gschwandtner was born in BucharestRomania. After a first degree in Economics at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, she moved to the University of Vienna, where she was awarded her PhD in 2002.  She subsequently worked at the University of Vienna until 2011, before moving to the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). She joined the University of Kent in September 2012.

Adelina's research interests in Vienna lied in the field of empirical Industrial Organization. Her two main research areas being Profit Persistence and Sunk Costs. More recently she has worked on the determinants of profit persistence in the European food sector, and plans to analyse the relationship between food and health. Her papers in this area have been published in Economic InquiryApplied EconomicsThe Manchester School and The Review of Economics and Statistics.

After moving to Kent, Adelina has started to work in the areas of Agricultural Economics, Environmental Valuation and the Economics of Happiness. She has published work related to improving farming technologies in Africa, preferences towards Organic Food and the relationship between Lifestyle and Happiness. Her papers in this area have been published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, the European Review of Agricultural Economics and the Journal of Happiness Studies.

She is a member of the Microeconomics Research Group, the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies and the Development Economics Research Centre.

Research interests

Adelina's main research interests are in applied economics and empirical industrial organization. This includes work on profit persistence in the manufacturing and food sector and the relationship between economic and financial markets. It also includes work on sunk costs and their impact on firm size and industry dynamics. More recently, Adelina has been analysing the consumer choice of organic food products and the relationship between nutrition and other lifestyle dimensions on happiness in the UK.

Adelina's RePEc page is http://econpapers.repec.org/RAS/pgs2.htm

Media coverage



Adelina is interested in supervising PhD research on the following topics:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental Valuation
  • Economics of Happiness
  • Empirical industrial organisation
  • Consumer valuation studies

Current students

Past students

  • Christian Crentsil, completed 2018
  • Cheul Jang, completed 2018


Administrative roles

  • Director of Studies, Stage 1
  • Wellbeing Co-ordinator
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