James Watson completed his undergraduate degree in mathematics before embarking on a private sector career involving a variety of small business ventures.

James returned to higher education in 2004 completing a Graduate Diploma in Economics, MSc in Economics, and recently a PhD in Economics, here at the University of East Anglia. Shortly after completing his PhD James joined the School of Economics teaching team.

James external activities last year included talks on economics to local A-level students, and a public talk on the implications of rising government debt levels.

Key Research Interests

James’ completed his PhD in 2011. His thesis investigates the role of UK inflation targeting in inducing stability in long-term government bond yields. This investigation is carried out using theoretical, empirical and experimental analysis.

His current interests include the apparent divergence of sovereign states into ‘haven’ and ‘risk’ debtors; the implications of ever growing central bank balance sheets; and the limits to conventional monetary policy. He also has a keen interest in the economic blogosphere and the increasing role this is playing in contemporary economic debate.

James has also provided research assistance on a range of experimental research projects at UEA, including design, programming and running experimental sessions.

Teaching Interests

Through his PhD and beyond James has been involved with teaching in a variety of subject areas, including macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics and finance.

His current key teaching roles include convening second year undergraduate module “Principles of Macroeconomics” and postgraduate taught module “Finance”.