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Eugene Choo

Research Areas
Family Economics and Empirical Industrial Organisation. In previous work, he has developed models of aggregate marriage matching, and extended these framework to study at how bargaining power and intra-household allocation are affected by the marriage market. Current work focuses on the identification of counterfactuals in marriage matching models and network formation.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Economics
  • Econometrics

Francis Dennig

Research Areas
Public finance economist combining applied and theoretical methods to public policy questions. His past focus has been climate change: the epitome of a global commons problem. More recently, he has also been investigating how housing and education policies affect economic inequality. In
addition to this, he has also joined the behavioural trend, and is conducting empirical research to understand how intrinsic motivation can help public policy in providing the right incentives.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Political Economy
  • Introduction to Game Theory
  • Quantitative Reasoning

John Driffill

Research Areas
Macroeconomics and monetary policy. Professor Driffill has written recently on the effects of quantitative easing in the Euro zone, and theorized about the effects of liquidity crises on employment and incomes. He has written on questions of pressing concern to European economies, such as Banking Union, youth unemployment, labour market reform, migration, and the rise of populism. His research has examined the role of institutions in economic performance, and used game theory to model strategic aspects of economic policy.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Comparative Social Inquiry

Yu-Hsiang Lei

Research Areas
Political economy and development economics. He tries to understand how institutional or political factors shape economic outcomes, with particular regard to developing countries. His works including exploring the government-business connection in China and examining the effect of democratization on bureaucratic performance, and also studying the causes and preventions of internal armed conflicts.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Development Economics
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics

Yibei Liu

Research Areas
International trade, economic development, technological change, and growth. In particular, her current research focuses on the dynamics of the global value chain and multinational production, as well as the welfare consequences of the evolution of global production.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Introductory Statistics for Economics

Georg Nöldeke

Research Areas
Game Theory and its application to economics and biology. Current work focuses on the evolution of cooperative behavior in strategic interactions in groups with many animals on the one hand and how people sort into partnerships on the other hand. In previous work he has studied how contracts can be designed to provide proper incentives for investments in partnerships and solve problems of asymmetric information.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Introduction to Game Theory
  • Intermediate Microeconomics

 

Guillem Riambau

Research Areas
Political economy. His focus is on analysing how different electoral rules result in different strategies by political agents. He has also done some work in ethnic politics, fear in relation to voting, and the value of political connections. For instance, two of his recent papers assess (i) the extent to which voters support the incumbent out of fear their votes are traced, and (ii) whether aid distribution in the Philippines is swayed by local authorities in order to benefit their supporters.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Principles of Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Comparative Social Inquiry
  • Quantitative Reasoning

 

Joanne Roberts

Research Areas
Law and economics, public economics. Professor Roberts is a public economist, interested in how incentives affect behaviour in broad number of situations. Her recent work has focused on legal institutions, tax evasion, and charitable giving.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Law and Economics

Rene Saran

Research Areas
Microeconomics and Game Theory. He is particularly interested in Mechanism Design, Behavioural Economics, Learning, Political Economy, and Industrial Organisation.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomics
  • Firms’ Strategies and Market Competition

Xing Xia

Research Areas
Applied Microeconomics, Labour Economics, Economics of Education and Health. Her primary research focus is on educational institutions and the labour market. She uses empirical microeconomic methods to study how the changing demand of the labour market influences the structure of the higher education market and how education institutions in return influence the labour market outcomes of college attendees. She also studies the financing of higher education institutions and public policies that affect human capital accumulation in developing countries.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Labour Economics
  • Comparative Social Inquiry