Research represents an integral part of the School of Economics, and we proudly explore a diverse range of topics and areas.

Given the inherent interactions between economic research themes, we aim to identify our research focus areas by purpose and have highlighted some of these below.

Understanding how our world works

The use of economic theories (based on rational individualism) and statistic methods (econometrics) in order to explain mechanisms behind phenomena we observe.

  • Do more guns lead to more crime? Understanding the role of illegal firearms.
  • Intertemporal discounting as a risk factor for high BMI: evidence from Australia.
  • Human = capitalism: How economic growth has made us smarter – and more unequal.

Designing and evaluating policies

Designing and testing welfare increasing policies, mechanisms, and institutions.

  • Trade, migration, unemployment, and growth.
  • Payroll taxes, social insurance, and business cycles.
  • Adding conditional superannuation to the anti-doping policy mix.

Estimating and quantifying

Developing and using data analytics (econometrics and other statistical methods) in order to identify causal effects and to quantify them.

  • A man’s blessing or a woman’s curse? The family earnings gap of doctors.
  • Linkages between oil price shocks and stock return revisited.
  • Uncertainty shocks and unemployment dynamics in U.S. recessions.

Geoff Harcourt Visiting Professorship

The Geoff Harcourt Visiting Professorship will annually invite a global leader in a field of economics to share their knowledge and experience not only with economic and business students and staff but also with the business community.

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