School of Economics

Microeconomics Research Group



About the group

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The Microeconomics Research Group brings together a large group of researchers in the School of Economics whose interests span applied and theoretical microeconomics, and microeconometrics. The purpose of the group is to be the focus for microeconomics research, funding, policy, impact and dissemination at the University of Kent.

The group covers interests in a wide range of microeconomics areas with the main focus being on development economics, labour and education economics, microeconometrics, games and behavioural economics, economics of food, economic geography, industrial organisation and the economics of tax.

MRG members have undertaken research funded by the ESRC, the European Commission, the European Union,  The Cabinet Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, European Overseas Development Administration, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department for Transport, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, US National Science Foundation, the World Bank and Australian AID.

MRG members have a wide range of experience in applied policy advice. Members have been consultants to and worked for the European Union, OECD, Institute of Fiscal Studies, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, Her Majesty's Treasury, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, Department for Transport, Department for International Development, African Development Bank and UNCTAD.

We offer advanced training at PhD level, and consultancy and training services for both the private sector and policy institutions.


Members

Kent members

  Name Title Specialist research areas
Professor Nizar Allouch

Professor Nizar Allouch

Professor of Economics

Public economics and the economics of networks

Dr Amrit Amirapu

Dr Amrit Amirapu

Lecturer in Economics

Development economics and applied microeconomics

Dr Alastair Bailey

Dr Alastair Bailey

Reader in Agricultural Economics

Microeconomics and production theory as it relates to agriculture and agriculture's impact on the environment

Dr Sylvain Barde

Dr Sylvain Barde

Lecturer in Economics

Agent-based modelling, computational economics, economic geography

Dr Edward Cartwright

Dr Edward Cartwright

Reader in Economics

Game theory, behavioural economics and public economics

Dr William Collier

Dr William Collier

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Unemployment, inter-industry wages, and employer-provided training and business performance, migration, congestion pricing, betting markets and the economics of education

Professor Sophia Davidova

Professor Sophia Davidova

Professor of European Agricultural Economics

Microeconomic analysis of the impact of agricultural reforms in Central and Eastern Europe and the effects of CAP reforms on producer performance and income diversification in the Enlarged EU

Professor Iain Fraser

Professor Iain Fraser

Professor of Agri-Environmental Economics

Agricultural, environmental and resource economics

Dr Maria Garcia-Alonso

Dr Maria Garcia-Alonso

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Game theory, export controls, conflict analysis, health markets, medical innovations in lower income countries

Dr Amanda Gosling

Dr Amanda Gosling

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Labour economics and applied econometrics

Dr Adelina Gschwandtner

Dr Adelina Gschwandtner

Lecturer in Economics

Empirical industrial organization, profit persistence and sunk costs

Professor Chris Heady

Professor Chris Heady

Professor of Economics

Microeconomic analysis of public policy issues in both developed and developing countries, using both theoretical and empirical analysis

Dr Andrey Launov

Dr Andrey Launov

Senior Lecturer in Labour Economics

Microeconometrics, labour economics, development and population economics

Dr Fernanda L Lopez de Leon

Dr Fernanda L Lopez de Leon

Lecturer in Economics

Applied econometrics, political economy and behavioural economics

Dr Bansi Malde

Dr Bansi Malde

Lecturer in Economics Development economics, social networks, health economics

 

Dr Anirban Mitra

Dr Anirban Mitra

Lecturer in Economics

Development economics, political economy, applied theory

Dr Olena Nizalova

Dr Olena Nizalova

Lecturer in Economics

Health and labour economics

Dr John Peirson

Dr John Peirson

Reader in Economics The economics of uncertainty and, in particular, the efficiency of markets under uncertainty, the operation of gambling markets, road congestion and accidents

 

Dr Matloob Piracha

Dr Matloob Piracha

Senior Lecturer in Economics

International trade (with special reference to strategic trade policy) and migration, particularly the effect of migration on labour markets of both Eastern and Western Europe

Dr Anna Stepanova

Dr Anna Stepanova

Lecturer in Economics

Industrial organization

Dr Guy Tchuente

Dr Guy Tchuente

Lecturer in Economics

Econometrics (theory and applications) and labour economics

Professor Tony Thirlwall

Professor Tony Thirlwall

Professor of Economics

Economic structure, growth, balance of payments, regional economics

Professor Roger Vickerman

Professor Roger Vickerman

Professor of Economics

Development of the spatial economy: how to extend basic microeconomic models of behaviour to allow for spatial separation between the locations where activities take place.

Dr Zaki Wahhaj

Dr Zaki Wahhaj

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Economic development and applied theory, social norms and household decision-making in developing countries

Honorary members

  Name Title
Dr Ulrike Hotopp

Dr Ulrike Hotopp

Chief Economist at Simetrica, London
Honorary Professor of Economic Policy at the School of Economics, University of Kent

 

PhD student members

  Name Specialist research areas
Emmy Achime

Olisaemeka Achime

Macroeconomics and growth models, business cycles and public sector economics

Hamna Ahmed

Hamna Ahmed

 

Christian Crentsil

Christian Crentsil

Efficiency of production especially in the aquaculture sector, the role risk attitudes and preferences have on the production choices of fish producers in developing countries

Alessandro Cusimano

Alessandro Cusimano

Economic policy, in particular public policy evaluation, regional and spatial economics

Francis Darko

Francis Darko

Development economics, micro financing, poverty related issues, financial econometrics, natural resource economics
Isaure Delaporte

Isaure Delaporte

Development economics, migration, label economics

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

Fiscal federalism, microeconomics, state and local taxation, political economy and institutions

Francesca Foliano

Francesca Foliano

 

Cheul Jang

Cheul Jang

Environmental economics, econometrics

Neha Jindal

Neha Jindal

 

Cherry Law

Cherry Law

Food economics, trade economics, development economics

Matthew Leadbetter

Matthew Leadbetter

 

Denise Lovett

Denise Lovett

Behavioural economics, experimental economics, public economics, game theory
Gintare Malisauskaite

Gintare Malisauskaite

Economics and culture, social capital studies, economic policy, health and labor economics, econometrics

Andreas Markoulakis

Andreas Markoulakis

 

Thomas Middleton

Thomas Middleton

Policy analysis, treatment evaluation, applied econometrics, behavioural economics, economics of saving and retirement
Zarak Mirza

Zarak Mirza

 

Diego da Silva Rodrigues

Diego da Silva Rodrigues

Family economics, policy evaluation, microeconometrics, social experiments, methodology of economics
Daniel De Araugo Roland

Daniel De Araugo Roland

Economics of dducation, health economics, applied microeconometrics, labour economics, poverty and inequality

Joshua Sebu

Joshua Sebu

 

Nudrat Faria Shreya

Nudrat Faria Shreya

Development economics, health economics, behavioral and experimental economics, public economics, labour economics, applied microeconomics
Lonester Sibande

Lonester Sibande

Agricultural economics, development economics, applied microeconometrics, environmental economics

Qusi Talafheh

Qusi Talafheh

 


Research

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MRG's research is published in top international peer-reviewed journals such as Economic Journal, Economica, International Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Review of Economics and Statistics, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, The Economic History Review, World Development.

A complete list of the research interests of the MRG are: development economics, game theory, behavioural economics, finance, economic geography, economic history, transport economics, labour and education economics, health economics, migration and population economics, industrial organisation, international trade, food economics, environmental and resource economics, political economy and policy analysis.

Selected recent publications

 


Research impact


Zaki Wahhaj is working on issues related to child marriage using theoretical models of marriage markets and micro-level data. This work, funded by Australian Aid and conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Malaya and Brac University in Bangladesh, aims to identify policies that can most effectively lead to a change in norms relating to female early marriage in developing countries. It seeks to inform recent efforts by international development agencies and national governments to develop programmes and introduce legislation to address the issue of child marriage. Zaki has presented the project's research findings to the UNICEF Regional Office for West and Central Africa, the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Members of Parliament in Bangladesh. Further details about this research can be found at http://www.integgra.org/

Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon is working on a project with Ben McQuillian (UEA) examining the role of scientific conferences in the pathways from original research to economic impact. The research estimates the effects of conferences on knowledge transfer, academic impact and in generating future collaborative endeavour. This project addresses important questions related to the organization of science. It has been featured at Times Higher Education (April 2, 2015). 

Maria Garcia-Alonso's research has analysed the strategic aspects of dual use goods export controls. Dual use goods are those which can potentially be used for military purposes. She is a member of the Chaudfontaine Group. This is a multidisciplinary group which brings together European researchers active in the field of sensitive trade and related issues. The group meets to debate and exchange information, as well as to consider ways and means to regulate the trade of dual-use items and technologies so as to meet the objectives of security and competition in the European Union, and is funded by the European Comission and attended by both policymakers and industry people.​

Matloob Piracha's research explores different facets of migration, including the behaviour and impact of remittances as well as the impact of occupational choice of return migrants. Return migration is an important element in the debate about migration policies. There are a number of countries which were net migrant sending countries less than 10 years ago but are becoming net immigration countries, partly because of the return of its diaspora from abroad. Through the IZA World of Labour project, this research has provided policy-makers in sending and receiving countries with a better understanding of the return phenomenon and help form policies that could be implemented to assist migrants resettle in their home country and contribute to the economy. Based on this research, Matloob acted as a consultant for DFID in the development of migration policy in Central Asia.


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Last Updated: 19/10/2017