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James Lincoln


James originally graduated from University of Manchester in 1995 with a degree in Physics. He subsequently had a successful career for a number of internet services companies; co-owning and selling an Internet Services Provider in 2004 before consulting in mobile media.

Looking for a change in direction, James studied BSc Economics and Mathematical Sciences with the Open University and graduated with a First in 2011.

Returning to Manchester in 2012-13 James obtained his master's in Econometrics, with distinction, and was awarded an Economics Discipline Area Postgraduate Prize for "Outstanding Performance in Exams".

James’s lengthy experience with computers and IT systems has shown to be invaluable for developing experience in the use of Matlab and Stata, which are becoming essential tools for his current PhD research topics in panel data and GEL-class estimators.

Research interests

James’ current research interests are in:

  • Panel Data Econometrics – fixed effect models
  • Non-parametric estimators – General Empirical Likelihood models
  • Computer based simulations 

James is currently funded by an internal scholarship from the Economics Discipline Area, with future funding being secured from the ESRC with Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM).


  • Prof Martyn Andrews
  • Prof Alastair Hall

Contact details

School of Social Science
The University of Manchester
3rd Floor, Arthur Lewis Building
Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9PL, UK