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.

MRG's research is published in top international peer-reviewed journals such as American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Economic Journal, Economica, Economics Letters, Economic Theory, European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behaviour, International Economic Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Oxford Economic Papers, Review of Economics and Statistics, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, The Economic History Review, World Development.

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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 Christian Crentsil

Dr Christian Crentsil

Assistant Lecturer

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

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

Dr Alfred Duncan

Dr Alfred Duncan

Lecturer in Financial Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics with incomplete financial markets

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 Alex Klein

Dr Alex Klein

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Economic history, long-run growth, microeconometrics, great recessions

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 Zarak Mirza

Dr Zarak Mirza

Assistant Lecturer

 

Dr Anirban Mitra

Dr Anirban Mitra

Lecturer in Economics

Development economics, political economy, applied theory

Dr Olena Nizalova

Dr Olena Nizalova

Senior 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 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

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
Professor Rob Fraser Professor Rob Fraser Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics at the School of Economics, University of Kent
Dr Ulrike Hotopp

Dr Ulrike Hotopp

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

 

PhD student members

  Name Specialist research areas
Arwa Abuhaimed

Arwa Abuhaimed

Labour economics, development economics, applied microeconomics

Isaure Delaporte

Isaure Delaporte

Development economics, migration, label economics

Santiago Diaz

Santiago Diaz

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

Matthew Leadbetter

Matthew Leadbetter

 

Andreas Markoulakis

Andreas Markoulakis

 

Thomas Middleton

Thomas Middleton

Policy analysis, treatment evaluation, applied econometrics, behavioural economics, economics of saving and retirement
Nudrat Faria Shreya

Nudrat Faria Shreya

Development economics, health economics, behavioral and experimental economics, public economics, labour economics, applied microeconomics
Qusi Talafheh

Qusi Talafheh

 


Recent working papers


Recent journal articles


2019

  • Leon, F. and McQuillin, B. (2019). The Role of Conferences on the Pathway to Academic Impact: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Journal of Human Resources.
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2018

  • Klein, A. and Vonyo, T. (2018). Why did socialist economies fail? The role of factor inputs reconsidered. The Economic History Review [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/ehr.12734.
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  • Wahhaj, Z. (2018). An Economic Model of Early Marriage. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
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  • Kalfa, E. and Piracha, M. (2018). Social networks and the labour market mismatch. Journal of Population Economics [Online] 31:877-914. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00148-017-0677-5.
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  • Martins, P., Piracha, M. and Varejão, J. (2018). Do Immigrants Displace Native Workers? Evidence from Matched Panel Data. Economic Modelling.
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  • Delaporte, I. and Piracha, M. (2018). Integration of Humanitarian Migrants into the Host Country Labour Market: Evidence from Australia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.
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  • Rizov, M., Davidova, S. and Bailey, A. (2018). Employment effects of CAP payments in the UK non-farm economy. European Review of Agricultural Economics.
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  • Cockx, B. et al. (2018). Imperfect monitoring of job search: Structural estimation and policy design. Journal of Labor Economics [Online] 36:75-120. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1086/693868.
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  • Robinson, J. et al. (2018). Supplying the wildlife trade as a livelihood strategy in a biodiversity hotspot. Ecology and Society [Online] 23:13. Available at: https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-09821-230113.
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  • Campos, R., Lopez de Leon, F. and McQuillin, B. (2018). Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations that Went Missing in Hurricane Isaac. The Economic Journal [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2954495.
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  • Advani, A. and Malde, B. (2018). Credibly Identifying Social Effects: Accounting for Network Formation and Measurement Error. Journal of Economic Surveys [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12256.
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Last Updated: 08/10/2018