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Welcome to Economics!

19 September 2019

The Department of Economics extends a warm welcome to all our of new students and staff joining us this year.

Professor Sarah Smith, Head of Economics, gives a warm "welcome to everyone joining Bristol Economics at the start of this academic year."

"We expect to welcome more than 600 students, who are beginning undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with us. We are also excited that five new, permanent members of staff are joining our faculty, further strengthening our research and teaching."

We would like to introduce the following new appointments:

Árpád Abraham, 
Professor of Economics

Árpád received undergraduate degrees at University of Economic Sciences (now known as Corvinus University) and completed his PhD at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Árpád previously held academic positions at London Business School, Duke University and the University of Rochester. For the past 10 years he has also been chair in macroeconomics at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

"My research focuses on macroeconomic issues both from a theoretical and quantitative standpoint. My current research projects include the study of the determinants of earnings inequality, designing efficient institutions for governmental borrowing and unemployment insurance and the efficient design of separating partnerships."

Árpád has extensive experience in graduate advising and has supervised more than 30 doctoral students. Many have secured academic and research positions in universities at major international organizations.

Jeremy McCauley,
Lecturer in Economics


Jeremy gained a PhD in Economics from University College London (UCL) in 2018 where he also worked as a Research Associate.

"My main research interests are in public economics and health economics. One of my papers looking at the cost of end-of-life care, 'End-Of-Life Medical Spending In Last Twelve Months Of Life Is Lower Than Previously Reported', gained some media coverage last year."

Visit Jeremy's website.

Ştefania Simion, 
Lecturer in Economics (Education)

Ştefania is an applied micro-economist and has previously worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Economics at the University of Edinburgh. She completed her PhD in Economics at Queen Mary University of London after pursuing an MSc in Economics at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Ştefania has an interest in topics related to education, labour, gender and migration.

"I am working on a project which analyses how the recent changes in the funding of higher education in the UK have affected student outcomes and whether there have been any distributional effects by socioeconomic status. The project’s findings have been summarised in the LSE Business Review and the CEP Centre Piece last year."

Visit Ştefania's website.

Ahmed Pirzada, 
Lecturer in Economics (Education)

Ahmed completed his PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol in 2017. Previously, he gained an MSc in Economics & Econometrics from the University of Bristol and a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Bath. He has worked at the Queen Mary University of London as a Visiting Lecturer; at the Bank of England as a PhD Intern; at the Planning Commission as an Economic Consultant; and, at the Cambridge Econometrics Ltd. as an Assistant Economist.

"My field of expertise is Macroeconomics. My research interests revolve around understanding firms' pricing decisions in macroeconomic models; production networks; financial frictions; and, monetary policy. One of my research papers was recently published in "Economic Inquiry". I also wrote two newspaper articles on issues related to Pakistan's economy, "Revisiting pricing regimes"and "After the budget: What's missing in Pakistan's export promotion policy?"

Follow Ahmed on Twitter or visit his website

Matthew Polisson,
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Matthew completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Oxford where he also worked as a postdoc. He has since worked as a lecturer at the University of Leicester and University of St Andrews. Matthew's research focuses on Applied Microeconometrics, Microeconomic Theory, Health Economics.

"As an applied microeconometrician, I have a broad research interest in developing and implementing empirical methods, which involve taking economic theory to microdata in both observational and experimental settings. Most (but not all) of my work (to date and in progress) follows in the tradition of revealed preference (in the spirit of Afriat (1967), Diewert (1973), and Varian (1982))."

One of Matthew's notable publications, “Revealed Preferences over Risk and Uncertainty”, with John Quah and Ludovic Renou, is available to read online.

Visit Matthew's website.

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