Dr Danny McGowan

Dr Danny McGowan

The Department of Finance
Senior Lecturer in Finance

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 6530
+44 (0) 121 414 6678
Office G28, JG Smith Building
Department of Finance
University of Birmingham
B15 2TY

Danny McGowan is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Finance. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham. His research interest lie in applied microeconomics with a focus on banking and financial intermediation. His recent work studies connections between the law and and bank conduct. Dr McGowan's research has appeared in top academic journals including the Review of Financial StudiesJournal of Financial Intermediation, and Research Policy. He has received research funding from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

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  • PhD Economics, University of Nottingham, 2010
  • MSc Economics, University of Bristol, 2007
  • BSc Economics, University of Bristol, 2006


  • MSc Financial Modelling and Forecasting Techniques
  • MBA Finance for Managers

Postgraduate supervision

Danny welcomes PhD applications on topics related to banks and financial intermediaries.  In particular, studies of how regulatory and legal reforms affect financial intermediaries.

Current and former PhD students (job placement):

1. Seyit Gokmen (expected completion 2022).

2. Huyen Nguyen (University of Bristol)

3. Piotr Danisewicz (Lancaster University)


Research interests: Financial Economics, Industrial Organization


1. Danisewicz, P., McGowan, D., Onali, E. and Schaeck, K. (2018) 'Debt Priority Structure, Market Discipline and Bank Conduct', Review of Financial Studies, 31(111), p. 4493-4555.

2. Danisewicz, P., McGowan, D., Onali, E. and Schaeck, K. (2018) 'The Real Effects of Banking Supervision: Evidence from Enforcement Actions', Journal of Financial Intermediation, 35(A), p.86-101.

3. McGowan, D. and Vasilakis, C. (2018) 'Reap what you sow: Agricultural Technology, Urbanization, and Structural Change', Research Policy, forthcoming.

4. Impullitti, G., Kneller, R. and McGowan (2018) 'Demand-driven Technical Change and Productivity Growth: Theory and Evidence from the US Energy Policy Act', Journal of Industrial Economics, forthcoming.

5. McGowan, D. (2017) 'Digging Deep to Compete: Vertical Integration, Product Market Competition and Prices', Journal of Industrial Economics, 65(4), p. 683-718.

6. Gemmell, N., Kneller, R., McGowan, D. and Sanz, I. (2016) 'Corporate Taxation and Productivity Catch-Up: Evidence from European Firms', Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 120(2), p. 372-399.

7. McGowan, D. (2014) 'Do Entry Barriers reduce Productivity? Evidence from a Natural Experiment', Economics Letters, 125(1), p. 97-100.

8. Milner, C. and McGowan, D. (2013) 'Trade Costs and Trade Composition', Economic Inquiry, 51(3), p. 1866-1902.