Dr James Rockey

Dr James Rockey

The Department of Economics
Senior Lecturer in 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


Ideology and the Growth of Government (with Andrew Pickering The Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(3), 907--919, 2011

Women's behavioural engagement with a masculine male heightens during the fertile window: Evidence for the cycle shift hypothesis(with Heather Flowe and Elizabeth Swords), Evolution and Human Behavior, 33(4), 285--290, 2012 

Reconsidering the Fiscal Effects of Constitutions European Journal of Political Economy, 28(3), 313--323, 2012 

Ideology and the Size of US State Government'' (with Andrew Pickering) Public Choice 156(3), 443--465, 2013}

Growth Econometrics for Agnostics and True Believers'' (with Jonathan Temple) European Economic Review 81, January 2016, Pages 86–-102

Losing Money on the Margin'' (with Dan Ladley and Guanqing Liu). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 172, 107–136, 2020

Negative Voters: Electoral Competition With Loss Aversion'' (with Ben Lockwood), Economic Journal, 130, 2619-2648, 2020 

When Two Tribes Go To Work: Board Political Diversity and Firm Performance'' (with Nadia Zakir).European Journal of Political Economy, 63, June 2020  

Expressive voting with booing and cheering: Evidence from Britain' (with Javier Rivas). Forthcoming, European Journal of Political Economy

Zoomshock: The Geography and Local Labour Market Consequences of Working from Home (with Gianni De Fraja and Jesse Matheson), Covid Economics, January 2020