We are proud of our research at Bristol. Our world-class academics and cutting-edge research led us to be ranked sixth overall and first for impact in the most recent REF (2014).

The School of Economics hosts four Research Groups, with strengths across the board in microeconomic theory, macroeconomics, econometrics and applied microeconomics. Our research environment also boasts a vibrant workshop and seminar programme.

We have been awarded Legacy Centre Status by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for our Centre for Evidence-based Public Services (CEPS) which aims to deliver policy impact through conducting data-intensive research on public services, including health, education and welfare reform.

And, we are host to the Economics Observatory (ECO), which draws on UK-wide expertise to answer economic questions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Research groups

Find out more about our research groups.

Coronavirus research hub

Featured COVID-19 economics research and resources.

Bristol is among the top economics departments in the UK. Our research is internationally-recognised for its originality, significance and rigour, and delivers real-world policy impact.

Professor Helen Simpson, Research Director

Working paper series

Read our recent working papers list.

Number 1 Ranked 1st for Impact

In the Times Higher Education analysis of REF 2014, the School of Economics was rated first in the UK for the impact of its research, with case studies drawn from healthcare, education and energy regulation. Since then, we have continued to disseminate our research to a wide audience.

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This word cloud shows some of the research topics explored in the School of Economics.

Policy Briefings

Academics within the School have produced the following PolicyBristol Briefings:

Nutrition labelling helps individuals choose healthier foods, Professor Stephanie von Hinke

Provide women with information about the risk of pregnancy, Dr Christine Valente 

Immigrant pupils more likely to think school can help them succeed than UK-born peers, Professor Simon Burgess

Behaviour incentives raise GCSE attainment in schools in poor neighbourhoods, Professor Simon Burgess

Research blogs

Read the latest research blogs from our academics.

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