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Economics Applied microeconomics

Our research examines both theoretical and empirical questions in applied microeconomics, the papers resulting from which are published in leading international journals.

A core aim of our theoretical research is to better understand the interaction between firms, consumers and governments in different strategic environments and, consequently, to understand the implications for economic policy. Our investigations mainly focus on the areas of international trade, public economics and industrial organisation.

Our empirical microeconomics research uses modern econometric techniques to investigate important questions of policy relevance in the fields of health, education, crime, migration and labour.

Example publications

Kiessling, L. & Norris, J. (2022). “The Long-Run Effects of Peers on Mental Health”. Economic Journal.

Hampton, M., & Lenhart, O. (2022), “Access to Health Care and Mental Health – Evidence from the ACA Preexisting Conditions Provision”, Health Economics.

Dickson, A., MacKenzie, I. & Sekeris, P. (2021). “The role of markets on resource conflicts”, Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Gehrsitz, M., Saffer, H., & Grossman, M. (2021). “The Effect of Changes in Alcohol Tax Differentials on Alcohol Consumption”, Journal of Public Economics.

Battisti, M., Peri, G. & Romiti, A. (2021) “The Dynamic Effects of Co-ethnic Networks on Immigrants’ Economic Success”, Economic Journal.

Hampton, M., & Lenhart, O. (2021). “The Effect of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Marriage”, Economic Inquiry.

Ma, J., & Wooton, I. (2020). “Market size, product differentiation and bidding for new varieties”. International Tax and Public Finance.

Hull, M., & Norris, J. (2020). “The Skill Development of the Children of Immigrants”. Economics of Education Review.

Cooper, B., Gehrsitz, M., & McIntyre, S. (2020). “Drink, Death, and Driving: Do BAC Limit Reductions Improve Road Safety?”, Health Economics.

Norris, J. (2020). “Peers, parents, and attitudes about school”. Journal of Human Capital.

Haufler, A., & Wooton, I. (2021).“Multinational banks in regulated markets: Is financial integration desirable?”, Canadian Journal of Economics.

Dickson, A., & Fongoni, M. (2019). Asymmetric reference-dependent reciprocity, downward wage rigidity, and the employment contract. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Ferrett, B., Hoefele, A., & Wooton, I. (2019). Does tax competition make mobile firms more footloose? Canadian Journal of Economics.



Johnstone, S., Briken, K., Cunningham, I., Hadjisolomou, T., McCarthy, T., McIntyre, S. Scholarios, D. & Taylor, P. “Amplifying Employee Voice and Hearing the Unheard: A Multidisciplinary Study of Contemporary Working Lives in Deindustrialised Communities”, ESRC 2022 – 2025; £553,075.

COVID and the UK nations' fiscal frameworks: impacts, performance and lessons. Funded by ESRC, March 2021 – March 2022. Amount: £101,000. PI: David Eiser. CIs: David Bell (Stirling) and David Phillips (IFS).

Lenhart, O., & Morton, A. (2020) “Impact of Pandemic Response Upon Public Mental Health and Disparities”. The Mental Health Foundation. Funded by Chief Scientist Office, Covid-19 Research Funding; £65,000.

Dickson, A. (PI), Roy, G., McIntyre, S., & Mitchell, M (2020). “Evaluation of the Small Business Bonus Scheme in Scotland”. Funded by the Scottish Government, Local Government and Communities Directorate; £80,624.

Gehrsitz, M. (PI), McIntyre, S. & Roy, G. (2021). “Class Size and Human Capital Accumulation - Nuffield Foundation”; £130,284.

Knowledge exchange projects

Haaland, J. I. & Wooton, I. (2021) “Free trade agreements do not always ensure free trade,” VoxEU, Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Dickson, A., Gehrsitz, M., & Kemp, J. (2021). LSEBlog.“How the UK Soft Drinks Levy reduced the population’s calorie intake”

Dickson, A., Gehrsitz, M., & Kemp, J. (2021). IZA Newsroom. “UK sugar levy effectively reduced calorie intake from soft drinks”.

Amuedo-Dorantes, C. & Romiti, A. (2021) “Brexit deterred international students from applying to UK universities”. VoxEU, Centre for Economic Policy Research.