Economics

Our research and teaching

The academics in the Economics Department are a dynamic and highly research active group with a strong tradition of interaction and collaboration among the faculty. Our research themes are: economic theory, experimental economics, public economics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Recent research grants have been awarded from funding bodies including: the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Her Majesty’s Treasury (HMT) and the Leverhulme Trust.

The Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC) was founded in January 2013 in partnership between the University of Exeter and the Institute for Fiscal Studies with the funding provided by the ESRC, HMRC, and HMT. The role of TARC is to investigate tax administration using a variety of different research methods (e.g. analysing data and conducting experiments) and purely theoretical work on tax compliance and auditing. TARC is multidisciplinary and it engages with tax administrations, the media, and researchers to disseminate this information throughout the policy and academic world. An important role of the Centre is to build capacity for future tax research by providing scholarships for PhD students. The three most recent recruits graduated from the MSc programme in Exeter.

Our teaching is research-led, meaning that you will study and learn with the experts – with those who are shaping the field of study and writing core texts. Our Economics academics work at the forefront of developments in their field, publish in leading international journals, and hold editorial positions in journals including: Fiscal Studies, Econometric Theory, International Journal of Business and Economics, International Journal of Game Theory, Journal of Economic Psychology, and The Journal of Public Economic Theory.

Your learning and teaching will be state-of-the-art and you will benefit from exposure to the latest thinking.

A valuable qualification

Our MSc students are valued highly by employers. Many of our graduates have gone on to work as professional economists in the public sector, for example: the UK’s Government Economic Service, the Central Bank of Turkey, the Central Bank of South Korea and some investment banks. Others have progressed to PhD programmes, both in Exeter and elsewhere.

The subject areas of recent dissertations have included international taxation, economic growth, currency and banking crises, behavioural economics, behavioural finance, environmental economics and both theoretical and applied econometrics. Our Economics programmes are recognised by the ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre, a hub of world-class social sciences research which offers funding for EU students intending to progress to PhD level study.

Shaun Grimshaw - MSc Economics

I have enjoyed my time immensely at the Business School. I chose to come here initially owing to the University’s growing reputation for excellence – both in teaching and in research – and also because the South West is such a wonderful part of the country to live in.

Shaun Grimshaw - MSc Economics

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. Specific to MSc EconomicsMSc Economics & Econometrics and MSc Financial Economics programmes is a Double Degree opportunity with Fudan University School of Economics. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages.