Applied economics

Read more about our research in applied economics.


Our department conducts research in applied microeconometrics and related empirical fields (labour, health, applied industrial organisation). Much of our empirical research thrives from having strong links with the macroeconomics and environmental research areas, as well as with researchers outside of the department in Statistics, Health Economics and Manchester Alliance Business School.

Example topics of recent and ongoing focus are:

  • structural instability and structural breaks in monetary policy;
  • economic and econometric models of labour market matching;
  • labour mobility between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries;
  • the design and econometric analysis of choice experiments;
  • the dynamics of health and economic status at older ages;
  • the determinants of household food purchases;
  • retailer pricing behaviour and the implications for policymakers interested in targeting diet and health;
  • the econometric analysis of ethnic variation in the dynamics of poverty and inequality.


  • Martyn Andrews - applied microeconometrics, labour economics, matching models.
  • Peter Backus - applied microeconometrics, public economics and charitable giving.
  • James Banks - applied microeconometrics, consumer demand and savings behaviour, labour economics and health.
  • Guillaume Blanc - economic history, growth and development, political economy, cultural economics.
  • Caitlin Brown - applied microeconomics, poverty, inequality, gender, health, nutrition, programme evaluation and targeting.
  • Abhishek Chakravarty - gender inequality, policy evaluation, intra-household resource allocation in developing countries.
  • Rachel Griffith - applied microeconometrics, applied industrial organisation and firm behaviour, innovation and productivity.
  • Sofia Izquierdo Sanchez - applied microeconomics, industry studies, cultural economics.
  • Ekaterina Kazak - applied econometrics, financial econometrics, causal inference.
  • Agnes Kovacs - applied microeconomics, behavioural economics, macroeconomics.
  • Sonya Krutikova - education, labour economics, development economics.
  • Nuno Palma - economic history, growth and development, monetary economics.
  • Simon Peters - applied microeconometrics, specification testing and labour economics.
  • Dan Rigby - applied microeconomics, food, agriculture, environment, health.
  • Sebastian Seitz - public economics, labour economics, health economics.
  • Panagiotis Sousounis - labour economics, human capital, economics of education.
  • Alexander Squires - applied microeconometrics, public economics.
  • Mazhar Waseem - public finance.

Applied seminar

Regular presentations by researchers from other institutions take place in our weekly seminar series.