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The University of Southampton
EconomicsPart of Economic, Social and Political Science

Research Themes

We have four main research themes, covering particular themes in economics. Please click on the research group headings for more information.


We have a long-standing reputation in both theoretical and applied microeconomics. Our expertise ranges from game theory and decision theory to industrial organisation, public economics, financial economics, behavioural and experimental economics.


Academics in this group focus on the analysis of entire economies and examine the system as a whole. We are currently working on two main areas, macroeconomics and the family and business cycles, macro-finance and stabilisation policy.

Econometric Theory

Since its founding in 1965, this group has earned a reputation for the excellent quality of its research. Interests range across multivariate analysis, exact distribution theory, exponential family inference, time-series modelling and methods, robust methods, explosive, unstable and regime switching models, as well as panel data models and foundational issues in inference.

Applied Economics

Research interests here are wide ranging, encompassing topics in development, industrial, labour and public economics, migration and public finance. Our aim throughout is to develop and apply state-of-the-art empirical techniques to analyse substantive empirical issues.


We are one of the top economics divisions in the UK, highly respected worldwide and internationally recognised for our expertise in many fields.

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