Professor John Fender

Professor of Macroeconomics
Leader of the Macroeconomics and Finance Research Group
Deputy Head of Department

Department of Economics


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John Fender has been at the University of Birmingham since 1992 and Professor of Macroeconomics since 1998. He is leader of the Macroeconomics and Finance Research Group and Deputy Head of Department. His main current research interest is in analysing the effects of fiscal consolidation programmes. He published a book on Monetary Policy in 2012


MA, MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)



Money, Macroeconomics and Finance




Franchise extension and public sector capital; information cascades and revolutions; gradual franchise extension; open economy macroeconomics with intertemporal optimisation and staggered wage setting; monetary policy; fiscal policy; local government finance; economics and philosophy.

Other activities



(with C.J. Ellis), 'Corruption and transparency in a growth model.' International Tax and Public Finance, 13(2 - 3), May 2006, pp. 115 - 149. 

(with P.J.N. Sinclair), 'On risk aversion and investment - a theoretical approach.' Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 162 (4), December 2006, pp. 601 - 26.

 (with C.J. Ellis), 'The economic evolution of democracy. 'Economics of Governance, published online September 2008.

(with N. Rankin),  ‘A Further Contribution towards Explaining why Disinflation through Currency Pegging may Cause a Boom: the Role of Forward-Looking Wage Setting’, Journal of International Money and Finance, 30, April 2011, pp. 516 - 536.

(with C.J. Ellis), ‘Information Cascades and Revolutionary Regime Transitions’, Economic Journal, 121 (553) June 2011, pp. 763 - 792.

Monetary Policy, Wiley, February 2012.

'Altruism and economics.' In Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, second edition, (edited by R. Chadwick), Academic Press, 2012.


The current economic situation; government debt; budget deficit; inflation; monetary policy; interest rates; recession; unemployment; local government finance; council tax; housing; ethical issues and economics; stock market; immigration; credit crunch; exchange rates; economic aspects of crime and education

Media experience

John is an experienced media commentator on a wide range of issues related to the UK economy from interest rates to government debt.

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