School of Economics

Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC)

About the Centre

The Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC) is the focal point for macroeconomic research, events and PhD training at the University of Kent. The research interests of the group span macroeconomic theory, empirical macroeconomics, macroeconometrics and the macroeconomic analysis of historical data. The Centre has strengths in growth, structural change, computational economics, firm dynamics and macroeconomic history.

Researchers within the Centre have published articles in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of The European Economic Association, the Economic Journal, the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Review of Economic Dynamics, the Journal of Econometrics and many others.

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Grant success for Anthony!

1 September 2018

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Congratulations to Dr Anthony Savagar, Lecturer in Macroeconomics, on winning an ESRC Research Award for £200,000 for his project ‘Firm Dynamics, Market Power and Productivity Puzzles’.

The UK economy faces a productivity puzzle: persistently low levels of output per worker since the 2007 Great Recession, which are largely unexplained. The aim of the project ‘Firm Dynamics, Market Power and Productivity Puzzles’ is to analyse UK business microdata to understand whether changes in firms' market power have influenced UK productivity since 2007. It will also question whether entry and exit of firms into industries disrupted market power to affect productivity. The objective is to improve understanding of the UK productivity puzzle and to better understand policies affecting market power which may widen the current industrial strategy debate.

Anthony is the Principal Investigator with Professor Miguel Leon-Ledesma as the Co-Investigator.



School of Economics, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NP

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Last Updated: 15/04/2019