Department of Economics

City's Department of Economics is committed to excellence in research and education, with a strong research portfolio, highly-regarded undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, and a growing community of PhD students. It takes particular pride in a very strong graduate employment track record.

The department has developed wide-ranging but focused research programmes, with an emphasis on rigorous economic and econometric modelling. Among other topics, the research covers health economics, competition and regulation, financial economics, macroeconomics, the economics of migration and behavioural economics.

City, University of London is ranked 16th in the UK for Economics (QS World University Rankings 2016).


The department offers a range of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree level.

See which course is right for you:



Research degrees

We have a wide-ranging but focused research programme, with an emphasis on rigorous economic and econometric modelling, but also a concern for practical applications in both private and public sectors.

PhD students have access to all the opportunities in our Doctoral Training Programme and can benefit from the City Graduate School.


Research in the department is structured around six main research groups, including two Research Centers, however we cover a wider array of research topics.

Main Research Groups

Main Research Topics

Find out more about our courses in PhD/MPhil Economics which welcome applications in any of the above research topics.

Department of Economics Published Papers

Research Students

Research Seminar Series

Department of Economics Seminar Series 2016-17: Autumn Term

Date Title Speaker Venue
28 September 2016 The Demand for Season of Birth Professor Climent Quintana-Domeque
(University of Oxford)
Rhind Building
5 October 2016 Team Stability and Performance: Evidence from Private Equity Professor Francesca Cornelli
(London Business School)
Rhind Building
12 October 2016 Surprised by the Gambler's and Hot Hand Fallacies? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers (with Joshua Miller) Professor Adam Sanjurjo
(University of Alicante)
Rhind Building
19 October 2016 Using Minimum Wages to Identify the Labour Market Effects of Immigration Professor Hillel Rapoport (Paris School of Economics) D220
Rhind Building
26 October 2016 Alcohol Tax Design Professor Rachel Griffith
(University of Manchester and Institute for Fiscal Studies)
Rhind Building
2 November 2016 Modern Family? Paternity Leave and Marital Stability Dr Daniel Avdic
(University of Duisburg-Essen)
Rhind Building
9 November 2016 Insurance Between Firms: The Role of Internal Labour Markets Dr Giacinta Cestone
(Cass Business School)
Rhind Building
23 November Survey Design and Forecast Accuracy Professor Raffaella Giacomini
Rhind Building 
30 November 2016 Learning about Job Search: A Field Experiment with Job Seekers in Germany Professor Steffen Altmann
(University of Copenhagen)
Rhind Building
7 December 2016

Cutthroats or Comrades: Information Sharing Among Competing Fund Managers

Dr Bernhard Ganglmair
(University of Texas at Dallas)
Rhind Building

Past events

Spring Evening Seminars in Sectoral Regulation and Competition 2015

Date Title Speaker Venue

29 January 2015 5:30-8:00

Energy Regulation since Privatization Tim Tutton (Imperial College) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
05 February 2015
Water Regulation Gordon Hughes (University of Edinburgh) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
12 February
Airport Regulation and Competition Ian Alexander (CEPA & CRRP Associate) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
19 February 2015
Broadcast Competition & Regulation Helen Weeds (University of Essex) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
26 February 2015
UK and International Regulatory Approaches to Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) - the Theory and Practice Ian Alexander (CEPA & CCRP Associate) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
05 March 2015
Rail Regulation John Larkinson (Office of Rail Regulation) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
12 March 2015
The UK's Concurrency Regime and the Use of Competition Powers by Sector Regulators Jon Stern (City, University of London) and Michael Grenfell (Competition and Markets Authority) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
19 March 2015
On the use of Economics in the UK Financial Regulation; Current Themes Peter Andrews (Financial Conduct Authority) DLG19, Social Sciences Building
26 March 2015
The Regulation of Medicines in the EU; a Networked Model Sir Kent Woods (European Medicines Agency) DLG19, Social Sciences Building

Department of Economics Seminar Series 2015-16: Autumn Term

Date Title Speaker Venue
30 September 2015 Was Sarbanes-Oxley Costly?
Evidence from Optimal Contracting on CEO Compensation
Professor Robert A. Miller
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Rhind Building
7 October 2015 Productivity and Wage Dispersion:
Heterogeneity or Misallocation?
Dr Jesper Bagger
(Royal Holloway, University of London)
Rhind Building
14 October 2015 Cognitive ability, character skills, and learning to
play equilibrium: A level-k analysis
Professor David Gill
(University of Oxford)
Rhind Building
21 October 2015 Corporate Policies with Temporary
and Permanent Shocks
Professor Sebastian Gryglewicz
(Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Rhind Building
28 October 2015 Financial crises in England over two centuries Professor Forrest Capie
(Cass Business School, City, University of London)
Rhind Building
11 November 2015 Unanimous Rules in the Laboratory Dr Aniol Llorente-Saguer
(Queen Mary University of London)
Rhind Building
25 November 2015
Multi-Variety Durable Good Monopoly:
A Revisited Coase Conjecture and Product Design
Dr Francesco Nava
(The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Rhind Building
2 December 2015
Competing for Loyalty:
The Dynamics of Rallying Support
Dr Santiago Oliveros
(University of Essex)
Room D220,
Rhind Building
9 December 2015

Short-term Migration, Rural Workfare Programs and Urban Labour Markets: Evidence from India

Professor Clément Imbert
(University of Warwick).
Room D220,
Rhind Building

Department of Economics Seminar Series 2014-15: Spring Term

Date Title Speaker Venue
4 March 2015
5:00 - 6:30
N/A Dr Pasquale Schiraldi
(London School of Economics)
Rhind Building
18 March 2015
5:00 - 6:30
The Long-Run Effects of the Scramble for Africa Dr Elias Papaioannou
(London Business School)
Rhind Building
25 March 2015
5:00 - 6:30
Roadblocks on the Road to Grandma's House:
Fertility Consequences of Delayed Retirement
Professor Erich Battistin
(Queen Mary University of London)
Rhind Building
8 April 2015
5:00 - 6:30
N/A Dr Pedro Mira
D111, Rhind Building
13 May 2015
5:00 - 6:30
In-Utero Social Interaction of Twins Dr Susumu Imai
(University of Technology Sydney)
College Building
3 June 2015
5:00 - 6:30
A Financial Conditions Index Using
Targeted Data Reduction
Professor Simon Price
(Bank of England)
College Building

Portrait of Alice Mesnard

Dr Alice Mesnard

Academic Staff

Here is a list of the academic staff who work in the Department of Economics. You can find out more about each member of staff, including their latest publications and their contact details by following the links below.

Academic staff profiles

Visiting, Honorary and Emeritus academic staff

Facilities & Resources

Bloomberg and Datastream

The department has a subscription to Bloomberg and Datastream, both of which are available in the Northampton Square Library.

Economics undergraduate and postgraduate students can obtain the Bloomberg certificate, a qualification which will assist you in the job market. The provision of these databases will also enable you to access a huge amount of up-to-date time series data on global equities, corporate and government bonds, credit default swaps, company data and Macroeconomic data on over 200 countries which can be used in your dissertation.

Anyone working in any part of the financial services sector - investment banking, hedge funds, compliance, regulation, etc. - must use the Bloomberg software on a daily basis. Demonstrating a familiarity with Bloomberg via the Bloomberg certificate will be a big advantage if you apply for a job in the financial sector.

Free online subscriptions to the Financial Times and the Economist & Handbooks in Economics

The Department has a full online subscription to Elsevier's extensive Handbooks in Economics series. (Current students can access the series via the Library website).

Free online subscriptions to the Financial Times and The Economist are also available.

All Economics undergraduates receive the FT, Economist and Handbooks in Economics

University-wide facilities

Economics Society

The Economics Society serves as a platform where students can speak about the beloved subject outside of the classroom setting. It doubles as a valuable means for students to network and build relationships with peers, department staff and prospective employers.

One of the key aspects of the Economics Society is our magazine, The Schumpeter, which aims to be a way of transmitting news, and a method whereby students can practise their research and writing skills, which will be very useful in future.

For more information contact

Graduate Prospects

How we help you with your career

Employment opportunities

There is a range of employment opportunities for economists in economic and management consultancies, multinationals, government agencies and in business and finance, particularly in the City of London.

Here's a selection of what our graduates are doing now

  • Operations Director, Petsy Mexico
  • Operational Governance Analyst, SagePay
  • Senior Associate, Deloitte
  • Policy Advisor, HM Treasury
  • Strategy and Finance Analyst, The Post Office
  • Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Risk Consultant, KPMG UK
  • Brand manager, AB restaurants, Kazakhstan
  • Financial Services Tax Associate, Grant Thornton UK
  • Audit Assistant, KPMG Kazakhstan
  • Business Analyst, Arthur.J Gallagher & Co
  • Transaction Services Associate, PWC Germany
  • M&A Advisory Analyst, Guy Carpenter
  • Assistant Economist, Department for Business Innovation and Skills
  • Sales Assistant, Morgan Stanley
  • Hedge Fund Accountant, Wells Fargo
  • Health Economist, University of Liverpool
  • Interest rate Trader, Morgan Stanley
  • Economist, Department of Transport
  • Data analyst, Abacus International
  • Human rights specialist, Alpha Bank
  • Research economist, Brava
  • Accountant, Confederation of British Industry
  • Market researcher, Deutsche Bank
  • Research executive, Eli-Lilly
  • Senior health economist, Fidelity
  • Senior health liaison manager, Gallaher Ltd
  • Project manager, IM Health
  • Commercialist, Johnson and Johnson
  • Health economy liaison manager, Kovis d.o.o

Alumni network

The University's Alumni network offers free and lifelong membership to all former students and staff of the University. Find out more about City's Alumni network.


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    Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB
  • Postgraduate and Research enquiries t: +44 (0)20 7040 0249; +44 (0)20 7040 3721
    Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB

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