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Research Impact

Our research seeks to generate knowledge that can be used to strengthen economies and benefit societies around the world. From migration and trade to international development and preventing financial crises, we address some of the most pressing issues of our time and provide recommendations to policymakers and other stakeholders.

Our academics collaborate with organisations including the Bank of England, international and local governments, think tanks and NGOs. They are sought-after in public service roles, regularly providing advice to parliamentary committees and serving on government advisory boards.

Find out below how our research has made a difference to the economy and society in the UK and beyond.

Pro-growth policymaking

Pro-growth policymaking

Professors Steven Broadberry and Nicholas Crafts have had a sustained impact on UK economic policy, using insights from economic history to inform policies designed to increase productivity.

Tax policies towards charities and the financial sector

Tax policies towards charities and the financial sector

Research by Professors Kimberley Scharf and Benjamin Lockwood has influenced tax policy changes in the UK and EU.

Economics and happiness

Economics and happiness

Professor Andrew Oswald’s pioneering research has shaped understanding of how economic outcomes affect happiness and has driven policymakers to adopt wellbeing as a measure of social progress.

 
Consumer choices and market competition

Consumer choices and market competition

Analysis by Professors Michael Waterson and Gregory Crawford has helped to empower consumers and increase market competition.

The minimum wage

The minimum wage

Professor Mark Stewart’s analysis of the national minimum wage was instrumental in establishing it as UK policy, improving the welfare of millions of
low-wage employees.