Portrait of Professor Miguel León-Ledesma

Professor Miguel León-Ledesma

Professor of Economics
Head of the School of Economics


Miguel León-Ledesma is a Professor of Economics and joined the University of Kent in 1999. 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 Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Research interests

Miguel's research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, economic growth and applied econometrics. He is currently working on the role of capital labour substitution and biased technical change in macroeconomic models, and their consequences for business cycles and factor income distribution. He is also working on methods for selection of fundamental shocks in business cycles models and the role of capital flows and financial constraints for growth. He has carried out extensive work on international macroeconomics, and time-series methods. Miguel is currently writing a post-graduate textbook on International Macro and Finance for Oxford University Press.

Miguel's RePEc page is http://econpapers.repec.org/RAS/ple108.htm



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

  • Technology and business cycles
  • Macroeconomics and distribution
  • International macroeconomics
  • Growth from a sectoral disaggregate perspective.

Projects need to have a substantial theory and empirical content.

Current students

  • Long Thai: 'Misallocation, productivity, and firm dynamics in Vietnam', registered 2015

Past students

  • Dr Jan-Philipp Dueber: 'Volatility and international asset allocations', registered 2015
  • Dr Oyakhilome Ibhagui, 2nd supervisor, registered 2014
  • Dr Sevgi Coskun: 'Labour market fluctuations in emerging markets', registered 2014
  • Dr Luke Buchanan-Hodgman, 2nd supervisor, registered 2013
  • Dr Neha Jindal, 2nd supervisor, registered 2013
  • Dr Gintare Malisauskaite, 2nd supervisor, registered 2013
  • Dr Mengyang Wei, School of Engineering, 2nd supervisor: 'Using control theory to detect systemic banking risk', registered 2012


Administrative roles

  • Head of School
  • Member of School Strategic Management Group
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