The Economics Department fosters a strong research environment and has an international research reputation in various areas: Behavioural and Experimental Economics; Labour, Education and Health Economics; Macroeconomics and Financial Markets; Political Economy and International Trade; and Industrial Organisation and Economic Theory.

Faculty members have published their research findings in top academic journals, such as American Economic Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, and Review of Economics and Statistics.

Members of the Department have also received substantial research funding from a range of sources, including ESRC, Nuffield Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Colleagues have served as advisors and consultants to national and international agencies including the World Bank, UN, ILO, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Office for National Statistics, the British Council, and the House of Commons. In addition, members of the department serve, or have served, in a range of editorial positions for publications including Applied Economics, Economic Inquiry, Education Economics, Labour Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, Journal of Sports Economics, and World Economy.

An active research seminar series, a strong PhD programme, organisation and participation in international conferences and workshops all serve to provide a strong research culture.

Research by staff members covers a variety of topics, organised in the following major areas: