Professor Miguel León-Ledesma

Professor of Economics
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Professor Miguel León-Ledesma


Miguel León-Ledesma is a Professor of Economics at the University of Kent. He is Director of the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC) and is Head of the School of Economics.

Miguel has been a consultant for the European Central Bank and the Asian Development Bank and is a member of the steering committee of the UK’s Money, Macro and Finance Group. He has been a visiting professor at the universities of FrankfurtUTS (Sydney), Aix-Marseilles School of EconomicsUniversity of São PauloUniversity of Cagliari, and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Tokyo). Miguel is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and a Fellow of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR).

Research interests

Miguel's research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, economic growth, international economics, and applied econometrics.

His research has been published in journals such as The American Economics Review, American Economics Journal: Macroeconomics, Journal of the European Economic Association, and The Review of Economic Studies.

Miguel's RePEc page is



Current research themes within which Miguel can consider supervising PhD students, include:

  • Technology, growth, and business cycles
  • Macroeconomics and distribution
  • International macroeconomics

Projects need to have a substantial theory and empirical content.

Current students

  • Yasmine Talbi: 'Climate change, technology, and mitigation'
  • Eduardo Teixeira: 'Military spending, Phillips Curves, and fiscal policy'
  • Nermeen Abdullah: 'Essays in international macroeconomics'
  • Antonio Haro-Banon: 'Intermediate inputs, substitution, and structural change'
  • Myoung Chin: 'Preferences, inflation, and wealth distribution'  

Past students

  • Alex L. Ferreira: "Causes of real interest rate differentials between emerging and developed countries" 2005.
  • Jose Eduardo Ferreira: "Empirical Essays on Exchange Rate Determination: Fundamentals, Bubbles and News." 2005.
  • Brinda Sooreea: "FDI and Growth in Developing Countries". 2006.
  • Reginaldo Nogeira: "Inflation targeting in Emerging Markets". 2007.
  • Cristiano Cantore: "Essays in Macroeconomics". 2011.
  • Gabriele Amorosi: "Growth, financial constraints, and income distribution". 2012.
  • Aikaterini Karadimitropoulou: "Growth and cycles: a disaggregate perspective". 2012.
  • Timo Bettendorf: "Global Imbalances and Global VARs". 2014.
  • Monica Paganini: "Efficiency and misallocation in African firms". 2016.
  • Aydan Dogan: "Two sector models of the real exchange rate". 2016.
  • Jonathan Hughes: "Essays in International Macroeconomics". 2016.
  • Mengyang Wei, joint supervision with School of Engineering: "Grid models of financial
  • stability using control theory". 2017.
  • Sevgi Coskun, "Technology and labour market dynamics in emerging markets". 2018.
  • Jean-Philippe Dueber, "Gross capital flows and economic uncertainty". 2019.
  • Long Thai, "Misallocation, trade and reforms in Vietnam". 2020.


Administrative roles

  • Head of School


  • CEPR
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