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Economics and Business Studies

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Alexandre Afonso is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. His research interests are comparative politics, labour mobility, industrial relations and welfare state reforms. His book Social Concertation in Times of Austerity was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2013. Read more reviews by Alexandre.

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Luis Boscán is PhD fellow at Copenhagen Business School’s Department of Economics and his thesisfocuses on mechanism design applied to flexibility trading in electricity markets. Luis holds an MSc in Systems Modelling & Simulation (Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela) and an MSc in Energy Economics and Policy (University of Surrey, UK), which he completed with the support of a Chevening Scholarship. Prior to beginning doctoral training, he worked for six years as Economic Analyst at the Central Bank of Venezuela, where a substantial part of his activities was devoted to the analysis of international petroleum markets. He tweets at @luisraboscanRead reviews by Luis.

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Steve Coulter is Senior Economics and Business Analyst for BBC News, and writes regularly for the BBC News website on UK economic policy. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Social Market Foundation think tank and wrote the SMF’s recent paper on industrial policy, Manufacturing Prosperity. He is currently working on a project on the media’s coverage of the financial crisis with the Journalism School of City University. Steve received his PhD in European Political Economy from the LSE’s European Institute. Read reviews by Steve.

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Kent Deng is Reader in Economic History at the LSE and FRHistS. He teaches economic changes, growth and development in East and Southeast Asia from circa 1500 to the present day. He publishes widely on China’s very long-term history over two millennia, including the literati, peasantry, merchants, artisans, demography, currencies, property rights, taxation, knowledge transfer, market expansion, reforms and state governance. His most recent book, China’s Political Economy in Modern Times: Changes and Economic Consequences, 1800–2000 (Routledge, 2011) deals with state-building and its economic consequences. Read reviews by Kent.

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John Gent is a Cambridge Economics graduate of 1978 with over 30 years experience of working in financial markets in London, Geneva and New York, and is currently a first year PhD researcher in Economic History at the LSE. Before returning to academia, John worked twelve years in private banking at J.P. Morgan, where in 2000 he was chief executive of JP Morgan International Bank when he left to become one of the three founders of Lord North Street Limited, a multi-family private investment office. His research interests are the history of money, debt, the measurement of modern economic progress – and other crowd delusions. Read reviews by John.

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photoGrodeckaAnna Grodecka is a PhD student in macroeconomics at Bonn Graduate School of Economics and a visiting researcher at the LSE. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Finance from Warsaw School of Economics and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. In her research, she focuses mainly on monetary policy, the financial and housing markets, and their role in the recent crisis. Read reviews by Anna.

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Alexander Grous undertakes research with an applied focus, working across the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, the Department of Management and LSE Enterprise. He teaches on the LSE’s management programmes and regularly advises major external organisations in addition to undertaking large research projects for them and Government in the UK and internationally. He has an interest in sports economics and cycling, combining these to recently research and write the reports, The British Cycling Economyand The Olympic Cycling Effect, supported by British Cycling and Sky. Read more reviews by Alexander.

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Janet Hunter is Saji Professor of Economic History at LSE. She teaches comparative and global economic history, and has published extensively on the economic development of modern Japan, with special reference to the development of the female labour market, the history of communications, and the evolution of Anglo-Japanese economic relations. She is currently working on the economic impact of disasters in 20th century Japan. Read reviews by Janet.

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Plamen Ivanov currently helps regulate retail financial markets at the Financial Conduct Authority. He has an MSc in Management, Organizations and Governance from the LSE and BSc in Economics and Management  from Luigi Bocconi University. In his spare time he dabbles in ancient and modern history, behavioural economics and the space exploration. Read reviews by Plamen.

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Howard Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has led DFID funded projects relating to financial exclusion in India and Ghana, and undertaken studies on domestic migration and remittances in India for GIZ. Funded by the British Academy, he is presently updating and expanding a longitudinal study on livelihood diversification and migration in an India village. Read reviews by Howard.

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declan jordanDeclan Jordan is a Lecturer in Economics in University College Cork (UCC). He holds a PhD in Economics in the area of business innovation and his research interests include innovation, regional development and competitiveness, business performance and strategy and innovation and enterprise policy. As Programme Director for a joint degree with Chinese universities he has travelled frequently to China and his doctoral students are studying issues of competitiveness and business development in China. He has substantial management and corporate experience gained prior to joining UCC. Read reviews by Declan.

 

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merlin linehanMerlin Linehan is currently writing a book on trade and investment between rising powers and previously worked as a financial analyst and consultant in the fields of SMEs, clean energy and donor finance for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Merlin holds an MSc in Finance and Financial Law from SOAS.  Merlin blogs on South –South trade at thekularingtradeblog.com and tweets @MerlinLinehanRead reviews by Merlin.

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Dr Robert Mason has just completed a PhD in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, on economic factors in the foreign policies of Middle East states. His thesis is soon to be published with I B Tauris under the title Foreign Policy in Iran and Saudi Arabia: Economics and Diplomacy in the Middle East. He was a visiting fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh during 2011 and holds a BA Combined Hons International Relations and Politics from the University of Westminster. Read reviews by Robert.

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Roger McCormick is the Director of the Sustainable Finance Project at London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Visiting Professor at LSE. He is also the author of Legal Risk in the Financial Markets (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. 2010). He retired from full-time private legal practice in 2004, having practised law in the City of London for nearly thirty years. Read reviews by Roger.

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Alex Moore is an economics PhD student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since September 2011 he has been on leave, working in the Development Economics department at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Prior to beginning his PhD Alex was a Senior Economist at the Experian Group in London. He holds an MSc in Economics and a BSc in Government and Economics, both from LSE. Read reviews by Alex.

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Dr Matthew Partridge completed a PhD in Economic History in 2011 at the London School of Economics. A senior writer for MoneyWeek, he has also written for The Guardian, Times Higher Education and the websites of Prospect and New Statesman. Read reviews by Matthew.

 

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Pierpaolo Perna is a MPA student in Public and Economic Policy at the LSE, having graduated with First Class Honours in Economics and Politics from the University of London. During his undergraduate studies, he took part in various economic research activities and was a visiting student at Peking University, China. His research interests include political economy, public and labour economics. Read reviews by Pierpaolo.

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Natacha Postel-Vinay is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Economic History at the LSE. She has an undergraduate degree in economics and political science and an MSc in economic history from LSE. She specialises in financial history, and her PhD thesis concentrates on the causes of bank failures in the U.S Great Depression with an emphasis on their behaviour in the 1920s. She also has a particular interest for political and economic philosophy, economic development, and statistical tools for economic investigation. Read reviews by Natacha.

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Barbara Richter is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at the LSE. Her areas of specialisation are growth and technology and natural resource conflicts. Before she came to LSE, Barbara obtained undergraduate degrees in economics and political science at a German university. Read reviews by Barbara.

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pedroPedro Rodrigues lectures economics and public finance at the School of Social and Political Sciences, Universidade de Lisboa (UL) in Portugal. In 2007 he obtained his PhD in Economics. He has worked at the International Monetary Fund and at the Portuguese Ministry of Finance. He has done research on tax policy and pension reform using applied general equilibrium models. He blogs at www.10envolver.tkRead reviews by Pedro.

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Daniel Sage is a PhD student at the University of Stirling. His PhD thesis explores how welfare-to-work reforms have affected the experiences and interactions of benefit claimants with the welfare system. Additionally, he has academic interests in income inequality and social cohesion, public attitudes towards the welfare state and the politics and philosophy of social policy. He has a BA in History from University College London and an MSc in Social Policy from the LSE. He tweets at @djsage86 and blogs at http://knowledge-is-porridge.blogspot.comRead reviews by Daniel.

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Gerardo Serra is a second year PhD student in the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics. His main research interests are the history and methodology of economics, and colonial and postcolonial African economic history. His thesis analyses the relationship between economic theory, statistics and policy design and implementation in late colonial and postcolonial Ghana. Read reviews by Gerardo.

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Remy Smida is a MPA candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  His expertise is in Economic Growth and Stabilization Governance in North Africa and the Middle East. He is also part of a research group on corruption and will present, at the LKY Institute in Singapore, a new policy implementation to counter corrupt acts in passport offices in developing countries. He also holds a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Montreal. Read reviews by Remy.

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Joel Suss joined the LSE PPG in January 2012 and is currently a student in the MPA programme. Hailing from Montréal, Canada, where he earned a BA in Political Science from Concordia University, Joel has worked in the most recent Canadian federal elections campaign for the New Democratic Party (NDP), now the official opposition to the government. He is primarily focused on public and social policy, welfare inequality dynamics and institutional reform. Read reviews by Joel.

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Nick Taylor is a PhD candidate in the Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. His research focuses on classical political economy and its contemporary relevance to issues of labour and welfare. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and two MAs from the University of Warwick, in International Political Economy and in Politics. Nick tweets @KafkanDream and more information is available on his Warwick research profileRead reviews by Nick.

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Joan Wilson joined the PPG in January 2011 as a Research Assistant. She holds a PhD in the Economics of Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. Her thesis focused on an empirical evaluation of the effectiveness of major state sector education policy initiatives in England, looking specifically at (i) pupil mobility patterns and school oversubscription in primary schools following the introduction of the school choice system and (ii) changes to the academic quality and composition of pupil admissions into ‘failing’ secondary schools that acquired renewed status under the Academies programme. Read reviews by Joan.

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Dr Ting Xu is Research Fellow in the Economic History Department at the London School of Economics. She will be joining Queen’s University Belfast as a lecturer in law in December 2012. Her main research interests are in the fields of law, governance and development; property law; Socio-Legal Studies; Chinese law; and comparative law. Read reviews by Ting Xu.

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