- Labour economics
- Political Economy
- Economics of Crime
- Technology and Innovation
I am an applied economist who has worked on topics in the areas of labour markets, political economy, criminal behaviour and innovation & technology.
I am Director of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).
My other institutional affiliations include the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE. I was a Network Fellow at Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard for 2011/12 and I was supported by an ESRC Future Leader grant for the 2016-17 calendar period.
"On Target? Sanctions and the Interests of Elite Policymakers in Iran" (2019) with Jason Garred, Leanne Stickland and Nele Warrinnier. (Updated Version)
"How Polarized are Citizens? Measuring Ideology from the Ground-Up" (2018) with Carlo Schwarz (Warwick).
"The Changing Returns to Crime: Do Criminals Respond to Changes in Prices?" (2019) (with Steve Machin and Theo Koutmeridis). Review of Economic Studies. 86(3).
"Trade-Induced Technical Change: The Impact of Chinese Imports on Innovation, Diffusion and Productivity" (2016) Review of Economic Studies, 83(1). (with Nick Bloom and John Van Reenen).
"Crime and Economic Incentives" (with Steve Machin) (2015) Annual Review of Economics.
"Revolving Door Lobbyists" (2012) American Economic Review, 102(6) (with Jordi Blanes i Vidal and Christian Fons-Rosen)
"Panic on the Streets of London: Police, Crime and the July 2005 Terrorist Attacks" (2011) American Economic Review, 101(5) (with Steve Machin and Robert Witt).
"Minimum Wages and Firm Profitability" (2011) American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (3) (January) (with Steve Machin and John Van Reenen).
Policy Papers + Other
It's Prices, Stupid! Explaining Falling Crime in the UK. Social Market Foundation - CAGE-Warwick Policy Paper.
The Economic Impact of ICT. Gigantic scientific report on all aspects of the economics of ICT for the EU Commission in 2010.
"Reagan's Innovation Dividend? Technological Impacts of the 1980s US Defense Build-Up" (2013). Mimeo - this paper is resting but will rise again!
Work in Progress (Academic Papers)
"Shadow Lobbyists" (with Rocco d'Este and Christian Fons-Rosen)
"Cascading Innovation" (with Vasco Carvalho)