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