Professor James Rockey

Professor James Rockey

The Department of Economics
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Deputy Head of Department

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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


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.

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.

Rockey, J, Smith, HMJ & Flowe, H 2021, 'Dirty looks: politicians’ facial appearance and unethical behaviour', The Leadership Quarterly.

Rivas, J & Rockey, J 2021, 'Expressive voting with booing and cheering: evidence from Britain', European Journal of Political Economy, vol. 67, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Flowe, H, Colloff, M, Smith, HMJ, Seale-Carlisle, T, Rockey, J & Pradhan, M 2020, 'Active exploration of faces in police lineups increases discrimination accuracy', American Psychologist.

Ladley, D, Liu, G & Rockey, J 2020, 'Losing money on the margin', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 172, pp. 107-136.

Lockwood, B & Rockey, J 2020, 'Negative voters? Electoral competition with loss-aversion', Economic Journal, vol. 130, no. 632, pp. 2619-2648.

Rockey, J & Zakir, N 2020, 'When two tribes go to work: Board political diversity and firm performance', European Journal of Political Economy, vol. 63, pp. 101883.

Rockey, J & Temple, J 2016, 'Growth econometrics for agnostics and true believers', European Economic Review, vol. 81, pp. 86-102.

Pickering, AC & Rockey, J 2013, 'Ideology and the size of US state government', Public Choice, vol. 156, no. 3-4, pp. 443-465.


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.

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