Dr Marco Ercolani

The Department of Economics
Senior Lecturer in Econometrics

Contact details

Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Marco is an applied econometrician. He works on a range of socio-economic problems with particular focus on using large datasets to look into issues on health, ageing, and education. In addition to using standard econometric procedures, he programs statistical packages to carry out non-standard regressions and tests. He enjoys working with colleagues on challenging topics of social and economic interest.

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B.A. Economics (University of Sussex)
M.A. Econometrics (University of Essex)
Ph.D. Economics (University of Essex)


Lecturer: Econ106  Quantitative Methods.
Lecturer: Econ333A Labour Economics.
Lecturer: EconG56  Introduction to Time Series Regression

Postgraduate supervision

Labour Econometrics

  • Kay HUANG
  • Cansu UNVER (2nd supervisor)
  • Marios DEMETRIADES (2nd supervisor)

Doctoral research

PhD title
PhD in Economics





Applied econometrics, with experience in handlingcross-section, panel and time-series data. General research interest isin 'bringing data to theories'. Current research interests include:Sickness absence behaviour among UK workers, modelling seasonal andnon-seasonal economic cycles; price changes at the introduction of theEuro; and contransting labour market outcomes for younger and older workers.

Other activities


Recent publications


Carmichael, F, Darko, C, Ercolani, M, Ozgen, C & Siebert, S 2020, 'Evidence on intergenerational income transmission using complete Dutch population data', Economics Letters, vol. 189, 108996. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2020.108996

Davies, P & Ercolani, MG 2020, 'Gender, motivation and labour market beliefs in higher education choices', Higher Education. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-020-00625-z

Barassi, M, Ercolani, M, Jesus-Herrerias, M & Jin, Z 2018, 'Climate anomalies and migration between Chinese provinces: 1987–2015', The Energy Journal, vol. 39, no. Special Issue 1, 8. https://doi.org/10.5547/01956574.39.SI1.merc

Davies, P & Ercolani, M 2018, 'Hard and soft choices? Subject selection by schools and students', Oxford Review of Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2018.1469483, https://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2018.1469483

Ercolani, M, Pouliot, W & Ercolani, J 2018, 'Luck versus skill over time: time-varying performance in the cross-section of mutual fund returns', Applied Economics, vol. 50, no. 34-35, pp. 3686-3701. https://doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2018.1436154

Johnson, D, Ercolani, M & Mackie, P 2017, 'Econometric analysis of the link between public transport accessibility and employment', Transport Policy, vol. 60, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.08.001

Carmichael, F & Ercolani, M 2016, 'Unpaid caregiving and paid work over life-courses: different pathways, diverging outcomes', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 156, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.03.020

Carmichael, F & Ercolani, M 2015, 'Age-training gaps across the European Union: how and why they vary across member states', The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, vol. 6, pp. 163-175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeoa.2015.04.002

Ercolani, MG, Vohra, RS, Carmichael, F, Mangat, K & Alderson, D 2015, 'The lifetime cost to English students of borrowing to invest in a medical degree: a gender comparison using data from the Office for National Statistics', BMJ open, vol. 5, no. 4, e007335. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-007335

Carmichael, F & Ercolani, MG 2014, 'Age-training gaps in the European Union', Ageing and Society, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 129-156. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X12000852

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Ercolani, M 2015, Why study Economics ... in the UK? in Economics for the Eager: Why Study Economics?. The Curious Academic Publishing.


Ercolani, M 2015, Economics for the eager: Why study economics in the UK? in Economics for the Eager: Why Study Economics?.

Commissioned report

Acton, J, Anderson, P, Andres, L, Angus, M, Amor, P, Arrowsmith, J (ed.), Asmelash, H, Bartington, S (ed.), Bengtsson, F, Bhullar, L, Bloss, W, Bonet, B, Börner, S, O Bonsu, N, Bryson, JR, Burns, V, Burrows, A, Calvert, C, Cassidy, N, Cavoski, A, Chadyiwa, M, Chapman, H, Chapman, L, Cockram, M, Degendardt, L, Dickinson, D, Ding, Y, Dobrzynski, D, Dolo, M, Dora, J, Ercolani, M, Ersoy, A, Farag, H, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Freer, M, Goldmann, N, Goode, CE, Greenham, S, Gulati, S, Hadfield-Hill, S, Harper, G, Hegerl, G, Hillmansen, S, Holmes, J, Huang, JJ, Huser, C, Jackson, R, Jaroszweski, D, Jefferson, I, Johnson, J, Kaewunruen, S, Kelly-Akinnuoye, F, Kettles, G, Kraftl, P, Krause, S, Leckebusch, GC, Lee, R, Lockwood, B (ed.), Lohse, J, Luna Diez, E, Lynch, I (ed.), MacKenzie, R, Maddison, D, Makepeace, J, Mann, V, Marino, R, Mavronicola, N, McDonald, M, McGowan, K (ed.), Metje, N, Ng, K, Nicol, J, O'Sullivan, C, Phalkey, N, Prestwood, E, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A, Radcliffe, J (ed.), Ravi, M, Reardon, L, Reeder, T, O’Regan, P, Remedios, L, Roberts, J, Rogers, C, Rungskunroch, P, van Schaik, W, Swan, J (ed.), Thomson, I, Toft, H (ed.), Tong, J, Botello Villagrana, F, Walton, A, Wason, C (ed.), Weir, C, Wood, R & Zhong, J 2021, Addressing the climate challenge. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003451


Johnson, D & Ercolani, M 2014, 'Buses and the Economy II - Task 3 Report'. <https://greenerjourneys.com/publication/buses-and-the-economy-ii-task-3-report/>

Working paper

Darko, C, Carmichael, F, Ercolani, M, Siebert, S & Ozgen, C 2019 'Evidence on intergenerational income transition using complete Dutch population data' IZA – Institute of Labor Economics. <https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3475800 >

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