Research covering a wide range of topical subjects Research covering a wide range of topical subjects

This group covers a wide range of topical research subjects, some of which are closely related to the research in the Norwich Business School and in the School of International Development

In Finance and Financial Econometrics, research topics include experimental finance, Bayesian inference, risk measures, microfinance and the non-formal financial sector. Research in Applied Microeconomics incorporates current projects studying innovation, adoption and diffusion of health care technologies, valuation of new pharmaceutical products, economics of sport and leisure, media economics and efficiency and productivity analysis.
Current research of this group is regularly presented in two seminar series: Applied and Financial Economics workshops and Accounting Finance and Governance workshops (the latter organized jointly with the Norwich Business School).

Faculty

Fernanda De Leon's research interests are in political economy and public economics.  Her PhD dissertation was based on newspaper political endorsements.  She investigated how they affect election outcomes and the underlying process behind newspaper endorsement decisions.  Her current work focuses on understanding how institutions and peers affect voting behaviour.

Corrado Di Maria  has broad research interests that span the economics of growth and development, environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics and the economics of technological change. The key feature of his work is an emphasis on both theoretical and empirical aspects, as well as its policy relevance.

Emiliya Lazarova's main research interests are in coalition formation, matching theory, and applied economics. Currently she works on uncertainty and (collective) decision making. In this context she studies how uncertainty impacts on agents' search for an optimal outcome and characterizes the type of equilibrium outcomes in matching models. Emiliya is also involved in a project that studies the impact of disability on the decision to acquire human capital using LFS data.

Peter Moffatt studies individual risk attitude using survey data, with recent papers on spousal correlation in risk attitude, and on the impact of financial and macroeconomic factors on individual risk attitude. In another recent paper he studies the determinants of risk attitude using field data on the choices of borrowers between fixed and variable rate mortgages.

Subhasish Modak Chowdhury's research focuses on the various applications of microeconomic theory with a special emphasis on contest theory. Contest theory investigates situations in which individuals or groups expend costly resources in order to win some reward. This reflects real life situations such as sports, electoral contests, litigation, rent-seeking among others. In consequence, Subhasish uses both theoretical and applied methods to analyse issues in public economics, political economy, sports economics. Currently he is involved analysing diversified issues such Turf-wars, sabotage, and energy conservation competition.

Arnold Polanski's research interests are mainly in socio-economic networks, bargaining theory and financial and industrial economics, but he occasionally ventures onto other areas.

Bibhas Saha's research areas include the economics of corruption and labour economics. Bureaucratic corruption and its effects on welfare programs have occupied a greater focus of his recent work.  Developing country labour markets are also an area of his interest, and he has worked on problems like child labour and returns to education.

Fuyu Yang's research interests include Bayesian inference of models with high dimensional latent variables, and model selection with the use of information flow. Currently, she is working on a project sponsored by the British Academy, which examines the relationship between the size of bank balance sheets and GDP growth.

Daniel Zizzo's research is partly motivated by the search for more realistic empirical and theoretical foundations of economic decision-making. Current research interests include bounded rationality, consumer behaviour and nudging in the presence of complexity and inattention, expectation formation and behavioural macroeconomics, authority, social pressure and social preferences, cooperation and the methodology of experimental economics. They also include macroeconomic and microeconomic applications of theoretical ideas.

Research Students