James Rockey

James Rockey

The Department of Economics
Professor in Economics
Head of Department of Economics

Contact details

Department of Economics
Birmingham Business School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TY
United Kingdom

Prior to joining the department, James was Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Leicester and previously also taught at the University of Bristol. An applied economist, his substantive research interests are broadly in the areas of Political Economy and Inequality.  He also enjoys interdisciplinary collaborations.


  • PhD in Economics, University of Bristol
  • MSc in Economics, University of Bristol
  • BA Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, University of Oxford


  • Contemporary Economic Challenges A
  • Contemporary Economic Challenges B
  • Extended Essay Supervision


Political Economy & Inequality


Recent publications


Lockwood, B, Rockey, J & Le, M 2024, 'Dynamic electoral competition with voter loss-aversion and imperfect recall', Journal of Public Economics, vol. 232, 105072. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpubeco.2024.105072

Harvey, LA, Mierau, JO & Rockey, J 2024, 'Inequality in an Equal Society', Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. https://doi.org/10.1111/obes.12611

Ghosh, A, Flowe, H & Rockey, J 2023, 'Estimating excess mortality due to female genital mutilation', Scientific Reports, vol. 13, no. 1, 13328. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-38276-6

Rockowitz, S, Rockey, J, Stevens, LM, Colloff, MF, Kanja, W & Flowe, HD 2023, 'Evaluating Case Attrition along the Medico-Legal Case Referral Pathway for Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors in Kenya: A Secondary Data Analysis', Victims and Offenders, pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/15564886.2023.2214550

Colloff, MF, Flowe, HD, Smith, HMJ, Seale-Carlisle, TM, Meissner, CA, Rockey, JC, Pande, B, Kujur, P, Parveen, N, Chandel, P, Singh, MM, Pradhan, S & Parganiha, A 2022, 'Active exploration of faces in police lineups increases discrimination accuracy', American Psychologist, vol. 77, no. 2, pp. 196-220. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000832

Gebrewolde, T & Rockey, J 2022, 'The effectiveness of industrial policy in developing countries: causal evidence from Ethiopian manufacturing firms', Journal of Development Effectiveness, vol. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1080/19439342.2022.2090997

Stevens, L, Rockey, J, Rockowitz, S, Kanja, W, Colloff, M & Flowe, H 2021, 'Children's vulnerability to sexual violence during COVID-19 in Kenya: recommendations for the future', Frontiers in Global Women’s Health, vol. 2, 630901. https://doi.org/10.3389/fgwh.2021.630901

Rockey, J, Smith, HMJ & Flowe, H 2021, 'Dirty looks: politicians’ facial appearance and unethical behaviour', The Leadership Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2021.101561

Rivas, J & Rockey, J 2021, 'Expressive voting with booing and cheering: evidence from Britain', European Journal of Political Economy, vol. 67, 101956. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2020.101956

Rockowitz, S, Stevens, LM, Rockey, JC, Smith, LL, Ritchie, J, Colloff, MF, Kanja, W, Cotton, J, Njoroge, D, Kamau, C & Flowe, HD 2021, 'Patterns of sexual violence against adults and children during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya: a prospective cross-sectional study', British Medical Journal Open, vol. 11, no. 9, e048636. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-048636

Smith, HMJ, Andrews, S, Baguley, TS, Colloff, MF, Davis, JP, White, D, Rockey, JC & Flowe, HD 2021, 'Performance of typical and superior face recognizers on a novel interactive face matching procedure', British Journal of Psychology, vol. 112, no. 4, pp. 964-991. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjop.12499

Colloff, M, Seale-Carlisle, T, Karoğlu, N, Rockey, J, Smith, HMJ, Smith, LL, Maltby, J, Yaremenko, S & Flowe, H 2021, 'Perpetrator pose reinstatement during a lineup test increases discrimination accuracy', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 13830. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-92509-0

De Fraja, G, Lemos, S & Rockey, J 2021, 'The wounds that do not heal: the life-time scar of youth unemployment', Economica, vol. 88, no. 352, pp. 896-941. https://doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12384

Ladley, D, Liu, G & Rockey, J 2020, 'Losing money on the margin', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 172, pp. 107-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2020.01.027


Stevens, L, Rockey, J, Rockowitz, S, Kanja, W, Colloff, MF & Flowe, HD 2021 'Children’s vulnerability to sexual violence during COVID-19 in Kenya: recommendations for the future' PsyArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/7sn3w

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