Microeconomics Research Group
About the group
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.
|Chief Economist at Simetrica, London
Honorary Professor of Economic Policy at the School of Economics, University of Kent
PhD student members
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
- Vaughan Williams, Sung L M, Fraser-Mackenzie P, Peirson J, Johnson J (forthcoming). "Toward an understanding of the origins of the favourite-longshot bias: Evidence from online poker markets, a real-money natural laboratory", Economica.
- Nizalova O, Sliusarenko T, Shpak S (2016). "The motherhood wage penalty in times of transition", Journal of Comparative Economics, 44, 1 56-75
- Shibayama, K and Fraser, I (2014). "Nonhomothetic growth models for the environmental kuznets curve", International Economic Review [Online] 55:919-942
- Platteau J, Somville, V and Wahhaj, Z (2014). "Elite capture through information distortion: A theoretical essay", Journal of Development Economics [Online] 106:250-263.
- Lopez de Leon, F L and Rizzi, R, "A Test for the Rational Ignorance Hypothesis: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Brazil", American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, American Economic Association, vol. 6(4), 380-98, November 2014.
- Baland, J, Somanathan, R and Wahhaj, Z (2013). "Repayment incentives and the distribution of gains from group lending", Journal of Development Economics [Online] 105:131-139.
- Cartwright, E and Patel, A (2013). "How category reporting can improve fundraising", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization [Online] 87:73-90.
- Carrasco, M and Tchuente, G, "Regularized LIML for many instruments", Journal of Econometrics, 2015, 186, 427-442
- Gschwandtner, A and Lambson, V (2012), "Sunk Costs, Depreciation, and Industry Dynamics", Review of Economics and Statistics [Online] 94:1059-1065.
- Nizalova, O (2012). "The Wage Elasticity of Informal Care Supply: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study", Southern Economic Journal [Online] 79:350-366.
- Heady, C et al. (2011). "Tax Policy for Economic Recovery and Growth", Economic Journal [Online] 121:F59-F80
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.
- Kent Workshop on Networks in Economics: 29 September 2017
- Kent Workshop in Labour Economics: Labour Supply, Employment and Policy, 14 July 2017
- Workshop: Microeconomic Approach to Development Economics, 21-22 June 2017
- Seminar Series: Behavioural Insights from Economics and Psychology, Dec 2016-Mar 2017
- Workshop: Economic and psychological perspectives on social issues using an experimental approach, 20-21 April 2016