Applied Microeconomics Group

We research labour economics, education, health, and family economics, consumption and demand, the economics of sport and crime, international trade and development economics. 

Our research


We publish in world-class journals such as the Economic Journal, the Journal of the European Economic Association, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of Health Economics

Our research is highly cited with both Jo Blanden and Sandra McNally ranking among Research Papers in Economics' (RePEc) top four per cent most cited female economists (May 2019). Laura Blow received the 2017 Atkinson Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Public Economics over the previous three years, while Giuseppe Moscelli received the Italy Made Me award in 2018.

Research outputs

We organise regular seminars and specialist workshops, bringing together leading international researchers in the field.


We attract research funding from a number of sources including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation, the Health Foundation and the British Academy.


Our research has led to links with UK Government departments including the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Education, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for International Trade and the Department of Health. Significantly Holger Breinlich is a member of the Government’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group. We also have related links to think tanks and pressure groups such as the Law Society, the Education Policy Institute and the Early Intervention Foundation.

Research impact

Sandra McNally is currently on research leave at the London School of Economics where she directs the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER), funded by the Department for Education. Her work has recently been drawn on in the Augar Review of Post-18 Education.

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Research projects

We have recently started a major project on NHS staff retention funded by The Health Foundation.

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Research staff

Jo Blanden profile image

Professor Jo Blanden

Professor in Economics

Laura Blow profile image

Dr Laura Blow

Associate Professor

Holger Breinlich profile image

Professor Holger Breinlich

Professor of Economics

Mona Chitnis profile image

Dr Mona Chitnis

Associate Professor (Reader) in Energy Economics

Julian Costas-Fernandez profile image

Dr Julian Costas-Fernandez

Surrey Future Fellow

Sandra McNally profile image

Professor Sandra McNally

Professor of Economics

Giuseppe Moscelli profile image

Dr Giuseppe Moscelli

Associate Professor (Reader) in Economics

Neil Rickman profile image

Professor Neil Rickman

Professor of Economics

Melisa Sayli profile image

Dr Melisa Sayli Ugurlu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Paul Temple profile image

Dr Paul Temple

Reader in Economics

Robert Witt profile image

Professor Robert Witt

Professor of Economics

Maurizio Zanardi profile image

Professor Maurizio Zanardi

Head of School of Economics, Professor in Economics