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Full time | University of Liverpool | 2 years | SEP

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2 years

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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Course Summary


The University of Liverpool Management School offers you the chance to explore your own ideas through our postgraduate research programmes. We provide a stimulating student experience combined with thought provoking advice from our academic staff and believe that postgraduate students are a vital part of the research environment of the School.

The Economics PhD programme of the University of Liverpool Management School has a long tradition of developing economists of the next generation. We warmly welcome applications in the following areas with selected sample topics:

Development Economics: For example, Health and economic development; Development finance with a focus on rural livelihoods; Intra-household bargaining and time-use studies; Inquiries into gender and development, Sustainable development from the lens of food security and reproductive health; International political economy and economic development; War atrocities and cultural change.

Empirical Industrial Organization: In particular, Business dynamism and aggregate productivity growth; International shocks, variable mark-ups and domestic prices; Price adjustments.
Game Theory. For example, Auction theory and mechanism design; Contest theory; Microeconomic theory of block chain; Epistemic game theory.

Labour and Sports Economics: In particular, Economics of football and Sports analytics.

Macroeconomics: For example, Financial innovation and money demand; Unemployment and inflation: theory and evidence. Financial frictions, misallocation and productivity; Consequences of the rise in intangible capital; Informal sector and/or tax evasion; Evaluation of macroeconomic policy; Economic growth and innovation; Innovation and intellectual property rights; Financial shocks and inflation dynamics: Theory and empirics; The housing market and optimal mortgage design; Heterogeneity in the banking sector and the pass-through of monetary policy.

Theoretical, Experimental and Behavioural Industrial Organization: For example, Economics of Big Data; Competition policy in digital economy; Strategic obfuscation; Behavioural economics and price competition; incomplete information and Price competition.

Econometrics: For example, Prediction with sparse time series models and penalisation methods; Variable selection in sparse models via random lasso methods; Continuous time financial modelling; Regime switching models for economics; Volatility modelling and forecasting; Structural stability testing; Modelling macro-/financial time series; Econometric estimation of continuous time volatility processes in finance; Trend detection/investment rules in high frequency data; Econometrics analysis including time series and panel

Tuition fees

UK fees
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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Students need to pay £25,950 for (lab based programmes), £20,400 for (non Lab based programmes) (2022).

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed and will be considered in our highly competitive programme from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, in a relevant subject.

Department profile

Established in 1881 as the original ‘red brick’ university, Liverpool is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities and ranks 20th in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF). At the University of Liverpool Management School, we live by our vision of ‘learning to make a difference from an enterprising and vibrant world city of culture’. The School is one of an elite group of institutions...more

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