Cardiff Business School Research


The Economics Section is a vibrant community whose research strengths include:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Finance
  • Econometrics
  • Labour
  • Trade
  • Growth and development
  • Research and development (R&D), innovations and productivity  
  • Regional and industrial economics
  • Economic and business history

Members of the Section are heavily involved in policy-relevant work, contributing to debates through policy discussions and advisory roles in the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Shadow Monetary Policy Committee, the House of Lords, the Bank of England, Banque de France, the Office of National Statistics and the Welsh Government.  Research on the European debt crisis has informed debate in the EU Commission and the European Central Bank and has attracted considerable media attention.

There are around 45 full-time PhD students in residence, pursuing a PhD programme over two years of coursework (an MSc (Econ) and an MRes) followed by 2 years for the thesis. The Section also provides MScs in Financial Economics and in International Economics, Banking and Finance, which attract nearly 300 students each year. It runs a variety of undergraduate courses for Economics and related degree schemes; besides the many students in the Business School taking economics courses as part of related degrees, there are some 400 students pursuing specialised Economics degrees.

Research Highlights

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Academics secure major ESRC grant

A team consisting of several Cardiff Business School academics has won a prestigious grant, worth £330,000, from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and 2 million RMB from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Disability employment gap

The Government is certain to miss its manifesto target to halve the disability employment gap by 2020 without decisive and innovative intervention, according to a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Disability.

Bruce Webb (1967- 2016)

Mr Bruce Webb, researcher and latterly lecturer with the Economics section of Cardiff Business School, passed away Tuesday 18 October 2016 following a short illness.

Faculty members

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Professor Kul Luintel

Professor of Economics

Professor Patrick Minford

Professor of Applied Economics, Cardiff Business School

Dr Michael Arghyrou

MSc Financial Economics and MSc International Economics, Banking and Finance

Professor Laurence Copeland

Emeritus Professor of Finance

Professor Mike Wickens

Professor of Economics

Dr Kevin Stagg

Director of Student Recruitment, Senior Lecturer in Economics and Economic History

Groups and Centres

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The Economics section is home to the following research groups and centres:

Collaborative research

Academics from the Economics Section also participate in Cardiff University’s multidisciplinary Sustainable Places Research Institute and the Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)