Professor Edmund Cannon

Professor Edmund Cannon

Professor Edmund Cannon
Professor of Economics

The Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, Clifton
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 8401

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Department of Economics


Edmund Cannon's interests lie mainly on the edges of macroeconomics, in long-run economic development and pensions/savings. He has done research on money illusion, productivity, regional growth rates, the rôle of financial markets and transport and the effect of demographic change. He is a leading economist on the topic of annuities on which topic he has written a book with Ian Tonks (University of Bath) and is currently working on pensions and the consequences of actuarial projection for annuity pricing. A completely separate area of research with Liam Brunt (NHH, Bergen) is on historical market integration.

He has a strong commitment to the idea that teaching and research are complementary. He currently teaches econometrics and material on the banking crisis; he is on the board of the Economics Network, which promotes good teaching practice in higher education; and he has done several small pieces of pedagogical research.


Most information about my teaching is on Blackboard.  I am currently the unit directer and lecturer for two units: EFIM20017 Economic History and ECON30065 Current Economic Problems.

Fields of interest

Pensions, Economic History, Market Efficiency

Latest publications

  1. Cannon, ES, 2017, ‘The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts, J. Earle, C. Moran, Z. Ward-Perkins. Manchester University Press, Manchester (2016). 212 pp., pb £10.00, ISBN 978-1526-110138’. International Review of Economics Education.
  2. Cannon, ES & Tonks, I, 2016, ‘Cohort mortality risk or adverse selection in annuity markets?’. Journal of Public Economics, vol 141., pp. 68-81
  3. Cannon, ES, Cipriani, G & Bazar-Rosen, K, 2016, ‘More for less?: Puzzling selection effects in the insurance market’. Oxford Economic Papers, vol 68., pp. 879-897
  4. Cannon, E, Tonks, I & Yuille, R, 2016, ‘The Effect of the Reforms to Compulsion on Annuity Demand’. National Institute Economic Review, vol 237., pp. R47-R54
  5. Brunt, L & Cannon, ES, 2015, ‘Variations in the price and quality of English grain, 1750-1914: Quantitative evidence and empirical implications’. Explorations in Economic History, vol 58., pp. 74-92
  6. Cannon, ES & Brunt, L, 2013, ‘The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: the English Corn Returns as a data source and in economic history, 1770-1914’. European review of economic history, vol 17., pp. 318
  7. Cannon, ES, Stevens, R & Tonks, IP, 2013, ‘Price efciency in the Dutch Annuity Market’. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance.
  8. Cannon, ES & Brunt, L, 2013, ‘Measuring integration in the English wheat market, 1770-1820: new methods, new answers’. Explorations in Economic History.
  9. Cannon, ES & Tonks, IP, 2012, ‘The Value and Risk of Defined Contribution Pension Schemes: International Evidence’. Journal of Risk and Insurance, vol 80., pp. 95-119
  10. Cannon, E & Tonks, I, 2011, ‘Compulsory and Voluntary Annuity Markets in the UK’. in: Olivia S Mitchell, John Piggott, Noriyuki Takayama (eds) Securing Lifelong Retirement Income: Global Annuity Markets and Policy. Oxford University Press, pp. 171 - 196
  11. Cannon, E, 2011, ‘Does Downloading Power-Point Slides before a Lecture Lead To Better Student Achievement?’. International Review of Economics Education, vol 10(1)., pp. 83 - 89
  12. Cannon, E & Tonks, I, 2008, ‘Annuity Markets’. Oxford University Press
  13. Cannon, E & Cipriani, G, 2006, ‘Euro-Illusion: a Natural Experiment’. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, vol 38 (5)., pp. 1391 - 1403
  14. Cannon, E & Tonks, I, 2004, ‘U.K. Annuity Rates, Money's Worth and Pension Replacement Ratios 1957-2002’. Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice, vol 29 (3)., pp. 371 - 393
  15. Brunt, L & Cannon, E, 2004, ‘The Irish grain trade from the Famine to the First World War’. Economic History Review, vol 57 (1)., pp. 33 - 79
  16. Cannon, E & Tonks, I, 2004, ‘UK annuity price series, 1957-2002’. Financial History Review, vol 11 (2)., pp. 165 - 196
  17. Cannon, E & Attfield, C, 2003, ‘The Impact of Age Distribution Variables on the Long Run Consumption Function, Bristol Economics Discussion Paper, 03/546’.
  18. Cannon, E & Tonks, I, 2002, ‘The Behaviour of UK Annuity Prices from 1972 to the Present, CERP Working Paper 25/02’.
  19. Cannon, E, Duck, N & Demery, D, 2000, ‘Does Distance Matter for Economic Performance? Evidence from European Regions’. Bristol Economics Discussion Paper, vol 00/509.
  20. Attfield, C, Cannon, E, Demery, D & Duck, N, 2000, ‘Economic Growth and Geographic Proximity’. Economic Letters.
  21. Cannon, E, 2000, ‘Economies of Scale and Constant Returns to Capital: A Neglected Early Contribution to the Theory of Economic Growth’. American Economic Review, vol 90, 1., pp. 292 - 295
  22. Cannon, E, 2000, ‘Human Capital: Level versus Growth Effects’. Oxford Economic Papers, vol 52., pp. 670 - 676
  23. Duck, N & Cannon, E, 2000, ‘Galton's Fallacy and Economic Convergence’. Oxford Economic Papers, vol 52., pp. 415 - 419
  24. Cannon, E, Demery, D & Duck, N, 1999, ‘The Influence of Geographic Proximity on Long and Short Term Movements in European Regional Output’. Bristol Discussion Paper 99/478.
  25. Cannon, E & Brunt, L, 1998, ‘A Grain of Truth in Medieval Interest Rates? Re-examining the McCloskey-Nash Hypothesis’. University of Bristol

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