The Department of Economics in the University of Birmingham enjoys an international reputation for the conduct of research of the highest quality. The PhD programme in Economics is designed to train doctoral researchers to conduct research of high academic merit and to make important and original contributions to the subject.
Doctoral researchers are expected to participate to the fullest possible extent in the life of the Department. Amongst other things this means attending seminars organised by the Department thereby helping expose doctoral researchers to new ideas emanating from outside their own area of specialisation. It also requires actively participating in PhD workshops and conferences organised by Research Groups and institutions outside the University of Birmingham.
Ultimately all doctoral researchers will have the ability to identify and pursue cutting edge research questions, characterise and solve economic problems using advanced mathematical tools, and test hypotheses using highly sophisticated statistical techniques. They should be able to derive policy implications from their research and communicate these to policy makers in a manner which is comprehensible. They will also be able to peer review others’ research and offer constructive criticism, and to extend the frontiers of the discipline through their own innovative research.
Doctoral researchers may choose to become academics, work in Government, supranational organisations or in the research arms of major financial institutions. They are expected to achieve a substantial understanding of contemporaneous economic issues enabling them to take a lead in ongoing debates within society. They will be aware of and understand the function of key economic institutions and be capable of explaining stylised economic facts to diverse audiences.
The commitment to research that exists within the Department of Economics has been underlined by the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise. Economics placed 6th out of 28 institutions in the REF 2014 subject ranking on intensity. Research is integral to the School strategy with 90% of academic colleagues in the Department of Economics having research submitted for review.
If you would like to contact any of our research staff, please visit the Department of Economics staff listings for contact details.
We welcome applications relating to the following research interests of academic supervisors.
Factor models, forecasting with large datasets, time-varying structural vector autoregressions, panel data models with integrated series
Contact: Professor Anindya Banerjee (Econometrics Group leader)
Analysis of non-stationary time series, structural change in time series models, time series with long memory, non-linear time series models with applications to environmental and financial economics
Contact: Dr Marco Barassi
Applied econometrics, economics of health, ageing and education
Contact: Dr Marco Ercolani
Time series econometrics, estimation of continuous time models
Contact: Dr Joanne Ercolani
International econometrics, labour Econometrics, economic history, housing Economics
Contact: Mr Nick Horsewood
Threshold regression models, unit root tests, optimal hypothesis testing, parameter instability, heteroscedasticity and autocorrelation robust inference, panel data methods
Contact: Dr Yiannis Karavias
Political economy, the economics of crime and economic evaluation of policy, game theoretic modelling of criminal behaviour
Contact: Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (Microeconomic Theory Group leader)
Economic fluctuations, economic epidemiology, economic growth, general equilibrium theory, market games.
Contact: Professor Aditya Goenka (Economic Theory Group leader)
Mechanised reasoning, weak property rights, differential games, microeconomic theory.
Contact: Dr Colin Rowat
Public economics, the economics of philanthropy and political economy.
Contact: Professor Kim Scharf
Macroeconomics and finance
Financial sector reform, financial institutional behaviour
Contact: Professor David Dickinson
Macroeconomics, especially fiscal policy and effects of fiscal consolidation policies, monetary policy and open economy macroeconomics, property taxation and the stock market
Contact: Professor John Fender (Macroeconomics and Finance Group leader)
Macroeconomics with particular interest in business cycles, news, expectations and learning, financial intermediation and financial frictions, DSGE modelling, and inventory and investment dynamics.
Contact: Dr Christoph Gortz
Links between macroeconomic activity and finance, firm behaviour under imperfect capital markets, economics of transition in China, household saving and consumption decisions, health economics
Contact: Professor Alessandra Guariglia
Learning and imperfect information, expectations formation, business cycles, monetary and fiscal policy
Contact: Dr Pei Kuang
Banking Regulation, corporate Finance, optimal taxation, mechanism design
Contact: Dr Afrasiab Mirza
Macroeconomics, monetary economics and adaptive learning.
Contact: Professor Kaushik Mitra
Market microstructure, financial economics, experimental economics.
Contact: Dr Paola Paiardini
International, monetary, and public economics, and the theory of economic policy
Contact: Professor Peter Sinclair (Emeritus Professor)
Banking, Financial Intermediation, Financial Economics.
Contact: Dr Frank Strobel
Trade, environment, development and energy
International trade, international economics, and international macroeconomics.
Contact: Dr Wanyu Chung
Environmental Economics, development economics, international economics
Contact: Professor Matthew Cole
Applied research in any areas of international economics, development economics, environmental and energy economics and international business with a particular interest in the Chinese economy, firm behaviour, natural disasters and the impact of globalisation on the environment
Contact: Professor Robert Elliott (Trade, Environment, Development and Energy Group leader)
Empirical analyses of productivity and labour market, effects of trade and investment, liberalisation in developed and developing countries
Contact: Dr Michael Henry
Chinese studies based on economic growth, international trade, regional development
Contact: Dr Maria Jesus Herrerias
Empirical international trade
Contact: Dr Yi Liu
Agricultural economics, climate change, environmental valuation, natural resource economics
Contact: Professor David Maddison
Econometric theory, financial econometrics, labour economics
Contact: Dr William Pouliot
Empirical international trade, intra-industry trade, economic geography, European integration, trade and the environment
Contact: Professor Eric Strobl
International economics and environmental economics
Contact: Dr Liyun Zhang
Behavioural and experimental economics
Social preferences, voluntary cooperation in the presence of free rider incentive, coordination games, impact of emotions on economic decision-making
Contact: Dr Michalis Drouvelis (Experimental Economics Group leader)
Field and laboratory experiments with a specific focus on gender differences in risk preferences, public economics, financial literacy and the economics of education.
Contact: Dr Amalia di Girolamo
Behavioural economics of climate change, voluntary cooperation in the presence of free rider incentive, the effect of cognitive constraints on economic decision making, social identity and revealed preferences, risk taking.
Contact: Dr Johannes Lohse
Recent PhD graduates from Birmingham Business School are working in central banks, Government departments, a variety of financial institutions, accountancy firms, supranational organisations and multinational corporations. Many of our PhD graduates also go on to forge successful academic careers in other top Universities.
Doctoral Research career assistance
The University of Birmingham has invested heavily in careers and employability support. The Careers Team have been praised for enhanced developments within their team and for adopting a model of integrated employability and internship support; something that has been rolled out and implemented across all Schools and Colleges at the University.
Doctoral researchers at Birmingham Business School benefit from its own well qualified dedicated Careers Team to support students with employment opportunities, work placements, internships and how to succeed at interview. In addition, a range of career management, personal development and employer events are run each year by the Careers in Business Team to help you make the most of the opportunities available.
The University also has dedicated careers advisors for international students who run workshops and networking opportunities with potential employers. These are especially popular with international postgraduate researchers.