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RESEARCH PROJECTS

Click on the projects below to find out about the research we are funding. You can filter by Research Hub by using clicking the links below.

Globalisation Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Can globalisation benefit all?

Social Macroeconomic Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Does social cooperation affect macroeconomic performance?

Macroeconomic Instability Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Why are economies unstable?

Sustainable Growth Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: How do we achieve a sustainable economy?

Macroeconomic Institutions Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Do we have confidence in economic institutions?

Macroeconomic Finance Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Is the financial system fit for purpose?

Globalisation Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Can globalisation benefit all?

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Alice Evans

Rebuilding Globalisation and Macroeconomics, from the Grassroots

Why is corporate accountability generally difficult to enforce throughout global supply chains, and how can we encourage legal change? 

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Henrietta Moore

Developing an Economy of Belonging

Exploring the interactions between social security and popular acceptance of globalisation, this projects aims to shed light on the relationship...

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Dr Claudius Gräbner

Country capabilities, product complexity, and finance in the EU

This research project studies the extent to which globalization reinforces structural inequalities between nation states in the Eurozone, and which... 

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Professor Daniela Gabor

Managing Supercycles: Globalisation and Institutional Change

Ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, concerns remain about the potential for shadow banking activity to cause instability....

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Professor Steve Machin

Globalisation and Rent Sharing

Stagnating real wages and falling labour share across developed economies have challenged traditional paradigms in macroeconomics...

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Dr Isabella Weber

What Drives Specialisation? A Century of Global Export Patterns

The global division of labour has reached a new height under the present era of globalisation (since 1970s). But patterns...

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Macroeconomic Instability Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Why are economies unstable?

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Michael Hatcher

Endogenous Extrapolation: Implications for Boom-Bust Cycles and Macroeconomic Policy

A key distinction between economies and physical systems, like the weather, is that economies consist of individuals who form expectations about the fut...

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Professor Robert MacKay, FRS

But Why are Economies Stable?

The macroeconomic question: For mathematicians, the puzzle is not why economies are unstable but why they are stable. Since the...

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Professor Nick Chater

Macroeconomic Implications of the Sampling Brain

Recent developments in cognitive science have created new models of the moment by moment calculations by which people make decisions....

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Professor Sayantan Ghosal

Anxiety, Competing Narratives & the Macroeconomy: What is the Role of Policy in Stabilising Expectations?

This project will focus on examining the conditions under which competing narratives co-exist, influence (and are influenced by) individuals’ emotions... 

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Professor Franck Portier

Macroeconomic Fluctuations as Emergent Behaviour

The main challenge facing macroeconomics is to understand how a large set of decentralized decisions interact to create aggregate outcomes characterized by booms...

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Maxim Gusev & Dimitri Kroujiline

An Interactions-based Macroeconomic Model

The main challenge facing macroeconomics is to understand how a large set of decentralized decisions interact to create aggregate outcomes characterized by booms...

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Macroeconomic Institutions Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Do we have confidence in economic institutions?

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Dr. Johnna Montgomerie

Dr. Ryan Davey

Opening the Black-box of the Household

How does recognising the household as an institution enhance our understanding of financial stability, consumer protection, inequality and policy making?...

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Beatrice Cherrier

Excavating the Academia/Policy pipeline: economic analysis at the Bank of England pre and post crisis

How do ideas move between academia and policy making? We hypothesise there is a two-way street, rather than just a...

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Dr Elisa Van Waeyenberge

Trajectories of Infrastructure Financing and Macroeconomic Policies in Practice

What affects the trajectory of private finance in infrastructure policy-making and how is privately financed infrastructure designed and implemented across...

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Stephen Fisher

Socio-Political Consequences of Regional Economic Divergence

By understanding the interplay between socio-political and economic developments at the regional level, we can then help explain how national outcomes, including Brexit, are affected by regional divergence.

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Magda Osman

Putting in Effort for the Benefit of All: The Role of Reward and Effort Requirements

Many organisations face a compliance problem: how to motivate their members to increase their productivity and improve compliance with regulations/treaties which serve the good of the organisation, as well as the good of society...

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Social Macroeconomic Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Does social cooperation affect macroeconomic performance?

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Professor David Sloan Wilson

Managed Evolution: A New Narrative for Macroeconomics

We apply multilevel selection theory to real-world settings within the UK, focusing on the micro, meso and macro levels...

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Professor Philip McCann

The Long-Run Consequences of Adverse Economic Shocks: UK Regional and Urban Inequalities

How do differences in UK regions affect their ability to deal with economic shocks, impacting regional divergence, and how does...

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Dr Yvan Russell

Is Identity-Biasing a Shortcut to Cooperation?

Are those with a shared sense of identity more likely to cooperate with each other, and on what levels do...

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David Good

Zero-Sum Mindset & Its Discontents

What is the prevalence, nature and structure of "zero-sum thinking" over geographical locations, and how does this affect the choices...

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Steven Bosworth

Macrosocial Feedback Effects – Firm Structure and Political Economy Consequences

How does economic fragmentation in terms of income disparities give rise to social fragmentation in terms of socio-economic objectives?...

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Colin Mayer

Decentralised Reciprocity

This project is examining how locally based financial institutions can contribute to the development of local and regional economies and thereby help to address the regional disparities that exist within and across countries...

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Sustainable Growth Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: How do we achieve a sustainable economy?

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Professor Tim Jackson

Modelling Transition Risk

We develop a macro-model aimed at exploring the risks and opportunities associated with the transition to a net-zero carbon society... 

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Professor Steve Keen

Integrating Macroeconomics and Ecology via Energy and the Laws of Thermodynamics

How can we include energy into production in a way that is consistent with the Laws of Thermodynamics, and also...

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Jean-Francois Mercure

Timescales and Investment Dynamics in the Economy (TIDE)

We aim to construct a macroeconomic relationship between investment, return and timescale by triangulating three different methods: life cycle analysis; frequency analysis of national input-output tables; and differential growth analysis of national GDP data.

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Macroeconomic Finance Hub Projects

Research projects that seek to answer the question: Is the financial system fit for purpose?

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Dr. Fabian Schuppert

The Need for a Normative Theory of Systemic Risk: Practical Applications and a New Social Contract?

We aim to provide a normative theory of systemic risk through identifying when such risks become morally problematic, and how...

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Dr Mingli Chen

Deep Learning in a New Keynesian Model of Banking and Money Creation

We develop a model of the financial sector with money creation and adopt deep/machine learning to describe how agents form...

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Professor Rosa Lastra

Legal and Economic Conceptions of Money

What really is money? How does this differ between Economics and Law, and how can they inform each other when dealing...

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Yuemei Ji

A Behavioural Macroeconomic Model with a Banking Sector

Can a behavioural macroeconomic model improve our understanding of the behaviour of banks and macroeconomic stability for informing policy making?...

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Matthias Thiemann

Who is leading the change? Innovation and influence in macroprudential regulation

Can a behavioural macroeconomic model improve our understanding of the behaviour of banks and macroeconomic stability for informing policy making?

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