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Department of Economics – University of Reading

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  • Helping the UK government

    Professor Geoff Meen's research is helping to fix the UK's housing market

  • The importance of your name

    Dr Zahra Siddique's research investigates whether someone's name affected their labour market outcomes in the 1920s

  • Research-led teaching

    Dr Sarah Jewell's research into the graduate labour market underpins our "Economics of labour" undergraduate module

  • Applying economics to sport

    Dr James Reade combines his interest in sport with mathematics to study the economic behaviour of people

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics at the University of Reading is internationally renowned for producing world-class research through the development of economic theory, use of advanced econometric modelling, and application to a wide range of public policy areas.

Our research has real-world applications and feeds into the teaching of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We address important and topical socio-political issues, such as UK housing reform and the gender wage gap, from an economic perspective, creating research outputs that have been used by governmental departments.

Join one of the UK's leading economics departments

The University is ranked 10th in the UK for our research impact for Business and Management Studies (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked by Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014), with 100% of both our research impact and research environment judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

Many congratulations to Geoff Meen, who has been awarded Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Prof Geoff Meen is one of 69 leading social scientists to be conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is recognised as "a leading specialist in the economic and policy analysis of housing markets from the local to the national levels".

Find your degree

Choose from our wide range of undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, and learn from expert academics who inform policy decisions and apply their research and knowledge to the real world.

Research with international impact

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 32% of our research was rated as world-leading (four stars), 49% as internationally excellent (three stars) and 17% as internationally recognised (two stars).

Latest news and upcoming events

Find out more about upcoming events and the latest successes of students and staff within the Department.

External Guest Speakers, Autumn 2017. Mondays, 1:15 - 2.30 PM, Small Lunch served at 1:00

  • PM Dr Sacha Kapoor (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) 23 October, E-MORLEY-G25
  • Professor Cheti Nicoletti (University of York) 6 November, E-MORLEY-G25
  • Dr Sofia Amaral (University of Essex) 13 November, E-MORLEY-G25
  • Dr Martin Koppensteiner (University of Leicester) 20 November, E-MORLEY-G25
  • Dr Alasdair Brown (University of East Anglia) 27 November, E-MORLEY-G25

Internal Guest Speakers, Autumn 2017. Wednesdays, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Subham 25 October 2017, CHANCE-G15
  • Ferdinand Vieider 8 November 2017, CHANCE-G15
  • Geoff Meen 15 November 2017, CHANCE-G15
  • Vivien Burrows 22 November 2017, CHANCE-G15
  • James Reade 29 November 2017, CHANCE-G15


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