Robert Witt

Professor Robert Witt

Professor of Economics
PhD in Economics, University of Essex
By appointment



Rob graduated from Kingston Polytechnic (BA (Hons) Econ) in 1974, and he received a master's degree in Financial Economics in 1975 from the University of Wales (Bangor). From 1975 to 1978 he worked as an economic analyst in the City before receiving his master's degree in Economics in 1980 from the University of Essex. He taught at the City of London Polytechnic (1982 to 1989) and as a lecturer in Economics at the University of St Andrews from 1989 to 1992. In 1991, he completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Essex. He moved to Surrey in 1992, and was Visiting Professor at Florida International University, Miami in 1997. He became Professor of Economics in 2010 (serving as Head of School between 2008-2013). He also has served as a consultant to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Home Office and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Rob is currently a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Rob's research sits within Applied Microeconomics, often focused on the economics of crime and sports economics, and he has published in a variety of academic journals, including the American Economic Review and the Journal of the European Economic Association.

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Other Publications




  • Clark S., Close R., Porter A., and Witt R. (1978), Flow of Funds - Analysis and Forecasts, Barclays Review 1978 - Group Econ Intelligence, Barclays Review 53 (3) pp. 47-51


Books and Book Chapters


  • Draca M., Machin S., and Witt R. (2010), Crime Displacement and Police Interventions: Evidence from London's Operation Theseus in: Tella RD, Edwards S, Schargrodsky E (eds.), The Economics of Crime: Lessons for and from Latin America, Pages 359-374 University Of Chicago Press: NBER Conference.


  • Witte A.D., and Witt R. (2003), What We Spend and What We Get: Public and Private Provision of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in: Miles D, Myles G, Preston I (eds.), The Economics of Public Spending, Pages 199-235 OUP Oxford.


  • Witt R., and Witte A.D. (2002), Crime Causation: Economic Theories, In: Dressler J (eds.), Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, Volume 1, Pages 302-306 MacMillan Reference Library.



  • Clarke A., Fielding N., and Witt R. (2000), Crime, Unemployment and Deprivation, in: Fielding N., Clarke A., and Witt R. (eds.), The Economics Dimensions of Crime Pages. 210-222 Macmillan Press and St. Martin's Press.


Working Papers








  • Witte A.D.,, Queralt M., and Witt R. (2000), Changes in the Availability, Quality and Price of Child Care in Massachusetts Between 1997 to 1999, Wellesley College Working Paper 2000, 2000-12.



  • Witt R., Clarke A., and Fielding N. (1996), Are Higher Long-Term Unemployment Rates Associated with Higher Crime?, University of Surrey School of Economics Discussion Paper DP 7/96


  • Hunt LC., and Witt R. (1995), An Analysis of UK Energy Demand Using Multivariate Cointegration, Surrey Energy Economics Discussion Paper Series SEEDS86