Professor Somnath Sen

Professor Somnath Sen

The Department of Economics
Emeritus Professor
Professor of Development Economics

Contact details

+44 (0) 121 414 6741
+44 (0) 121 414 7377
Department of Economics
University of Birmingham
JG Smith Building
B15 2TT

Research interest: Macroeconomic Policy, Development Economics, Defence Economics


PhD in Economics, University of Warwick

MSocSc, University of Birmingham

MA (Econ), University of Calcutta

BA (Econ, Hons), Presidency College, University of Calcutta

Postgraduate supervision

Recent PhD Students and completion dates:

  • Hemkamon, Kanwana (2007) 'Determinants of trade and investment in Southeast Asia : an application of the gravity trade model'.

  • Sun, Puyang (2009) 'Economic development with finance: studies of emerging economies'.

  • Kokores, Ioanna (2009) 'The conduct of monetary policy under risks to financial stability: A Game - Theoretic approach'.

  • Pupongsak, Suparerk (2010) 'The effect of trade liberalization on taxation and government revenue'.

  • Hou, Na (2010)  Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.   Arms Race, Military Expenditure and Economic Growth in India.

  • Liu, Xiaoyu (2010)  Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.  Essays on public pension systems, with special reference to China.

  • Hou, Liyan (2010) ‘Explaining trade flows and determinants of bilateral trade’

  •  Wei, Hongxu (2010) ‘Foreign direct investment and economic development in China and East Asia’.

  •  Lam, Kwok Ying (2011) ‘Institutions and economic development’.




Macroeconomics; Political Economy and Economic Policy


Macroeconomic Policy, Development Economics, Defence Economics

Other activities

Director of MSc Economic Policy; MSc Development Economics; MSc International Economics

Chairof Postgraduate Staff Student Committee


AN Bende, JL Ford, S Sen. 2002. "Productivity analysis in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Region: A Multi-Country Translog Comparative Analysis", Economics Bulletin, 15


AN Bende, JL Ford, S Sen. 2002. "Foreign Direct Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region: Trends and Determinants", Asia Pacific Journal of Economics and Business, 6, 1


S Sen, JL Ford, A Bende-Nabede. 2003. "The Interaction Between FDI, Output and Spillover Variables: Cointegration and VAR Analysis for APEC", Applied Economics Letters, 8


Puyang Sun, Somnath Sen and  Jiadong Tong,  (2011) "Size Effects on the Transmission Mechanism from Finance to Development: A Study of Large Emerging Economies", The World Economy, 34, pp. 778-791.
Lixin Sun and  Somnath Sen, (2011) "Monetary Policy Rules and Business Cycle in China: Bayesian DSGE Model Simulation" (April 9, 2011). Social Science Research Network, Available at SSRN: