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Economic Development and Institutions

Economic Development and Institutions Research Group brings together the academics in the Department of Economics and Finance at Brunel with interests in theoretical and applied research on economic development, institutional economics, political economy, and labor economics. The group organizes an annual conference on development and institutions.

Research activities in this area cover economic development, institutional economics, political economy, labor economics, behavioral economics, economics of conflict, economic and political aspects of European integration. 

Group members:

Dr Oleg Badunenko Dr Oleg Badunenko
Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance
I was appointed as a senior lecturer at Economics and Finance department in College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel University London in December 2019. Before joining Brunel University London, I worked as a research associate at the German Institute for Economics Research (DIW-Berlin), Assistant Professor at the University of Cologne, and Senior Lecturer at University of Portsmouth. My primary research areas parametric and nonparametric efficiency and productivity measurement. Additionally, I am interested in analysing world-wide polarization and inequality, drivers of individual and aggregate competitiveness and well-being. Microeconomic Principles II, L2
Dr Jan Fidrmuc Dr Jan Fidrmuc
Senior Lecturer
Jan Fidrmuc is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Finance. His research interests include political economy, economic development, institutional economics and labor/family economics. He has published his research in leading European and international peer-reviewed journals, including the European Economic Review, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Electoral Studies. Jan Fidrmuc obtained his PhD from Center for Economic Research at Tilburg University in the Netherlands in 1999. Before coming to Brunel, he held appointments at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) of Bonn University, Trinity College Dublin and European Centre for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) of Université Libre de Bruxelles. Qualifications: PhD in Economics (Tilburg) MA in Economics (Columbia, MO) BSc in Accounting (Bratislava) Personal webpage:
Dr Sven Fischer Dr Sven Fischer
Lecturer in Economics
2018/19 EC3601 Introduction to Behavioural Economics and Finance
Professor Sugata Ghosh Professor Sugata Ghosh
I did my UG and PG studies in India. I then came to the UK in 1989, where I first did an MPhil in Economics (1989-’90), and then completed my PhD in 1994 from the University of Cambridge. I was Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University from 1 July 1996 till 31 December 2004. After this, I joined Brunel University with a Readership (from 1 January 2005). I was appointed Professor in Economics at Brunel on 1 July 2011. Qualifications: PhD Economics (Cambridge, UK) MPhil Economics (Cambridge, UK) MPhil Economics (JNU, India) MSc Economics (Calcutta, India) BSc Economics (Calcutta, India) I am primarily a macroeconomist, specializing in growth theory and empirics, and macro theory and policy; but over the years I have also diversified my research interests considerably to include issues in development economics, applied microeconomic theory, and international finance. Many of the courses I have taught at my previous and current institutions (Cardiff and Brunel University respectively) are directly related to my research interests. Undergraduate Programmes Module convenor International Money and Finance (Level 3) Microeconomic Principles (Level 2) Module contributor As above Administration LIBT Coordinator for Economics and Finance Member, Brunel Panel for Economics and Finance for REF 2014
Dr Matthew Gould Dr Matthew Gould
Lecturer in Economics
I joined Brunel as a lecturer in 2018. Prior to that I had held appointments as a Research Associate both here at Brunel and at Westminster University. I completed my PhD at Westminster University on voting in the UN Security Council, my undergraduate degree was in Pure Mathematics at Warwick University. I have a strong interest in programming and computer simulation. My research interests are quite varied, I tend to focus on problems which require a combination of both theoretical and computational approaches. Some of the areas I have worked in include voting theory, behavioural economics, game theory, taxation and labour economics. I currently teach the modules Economics of Information (EC2604) Advanced Topics in Economic Theory (EC3603) I am also module leader for Economics Project (EC3000)
Dr Prashant Gupta Dr Prashant Gupta
Lecturer (Education Academic) in Quantitative Methods
I joined the Department of Economics and Finance at Brunel University, London (2019), Prior to this, I also worked with Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD ) Research Centre at Swansea University, Queen Mary, University of London, and with the International Growth Centre, London School of Economics. My current areas of research are linked to Civil Society, Well-being, Social Cohesion, Development Finance, Corruptions and Conflict. My research works have been published in international journals such as Economics Letters, Economic Modelling and World Development. Besides, I have also published book chapters in Oxford University and Cambridge University Press. Mathematical Economics (Level 2) Econometrics for Finance (Level 2) Professional Skills and Statistics (Level 1) Quantitative Methods in Accountancy, Economics and Finance (Level 1)
Dr Corrado Macchiarelli Dr Corrado Macchiarelli
Senior Lecturer in Finance and Economics
Corrado Macchiarelli is currently seconded as Research Manager for Global Macroeconomics (ex Principal Economist) at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). At Brunel, he is a Senior Lecturer in the Economics and Finance Dept, where he has been the course leader for the modules "Advanced Economic Theory: Macroeconomics" (L3), "Money and Banking" (L2), and "Housing Finance" (L2). He completed a PhD in Economics at the University of Turin-Collegio Carlo Alberto and holds a post-doc from the London School of Economics. Corrado is also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute and an Adjunct Lecturer in Economics on the “International Political Economy and Global Business” degree (BSc.) at New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, London. During the spring/summer 2019, he was on sabbatical leave as a Visiting Scholar in Economics at Harvard University Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies. During the years 2015-20, Corrado has held an external advisory role as a Monetary Policy Expert for the European Parliament. Previously, he worked as an Economist for the Euro Area Macro Division (Directorate General-Economics) of the European Central Bank (ECB), and he was a consultant to the same Division, over the period 2011-2014. He was a PhD Trainee at the ECB's European Countries Division (DG-E) and at the International Monetary Fund, respectively, in 2010 and 2009. He visited the Swedish Riksbank as a consultant to the Monetary Policy Division during the summer of 2015. Teaching Module Leader, Advanced Topics in Economic Theory - L3 (EC3063): 2014-2019 Module Leader, Housing Finance - L2 (AF2600): 2019 Module Leader, Money and Banking - L2 (EC2601): 2016-18
Dr Matteo Pazzona Dr Matteo Pazzona
Lecturer in Economics
Personal Website: Economics of Crime, Economics of Conflict, Labor Economics, Political Economy and Economic History.
Dr Jan Auerbach Dr Jan Auerbach
Lecturer in Economics