Economic Analysis Research Group (EARG)

Graph and penThe Economic Analysis Research Group (EARG) is part of the Department of Economics within the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations at the University of Reading. It was founded by Kerry Patterson, Professor of Econometrics, and focuses on the analysis of core areas of economics and econometrics. Its interests include macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics, with an emphasis on the practical application of theoretical concepts. It has worked in collaboration with the Bank of England, the Fondation Banque de France, the European Central Bank, the Money, Macro and Finance Research Group as well as with other international, national and local research and policymaking institutions.

The Bank of EnglandMembers

Associate Members

Key research areas at present

  • Analysis of 'big data' from social media from a microeconomic and macroeconomic perspective
  • Better use of qualitative data to gain a fuller understanding of economic events
  • Efficiency of banks in an international context
  • Modelling inflation and monetary policy design: international perspectives
  • Formulation, estimation and simulation of dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models
  • Political macroeconomics and socio-economic dynamics
  • History of econometric thought
  • Bounded nonstationarity: theory and applications to financial markets
  • Forecasting in sport

Recent research areas

  • Economic analysis of the National Health Service
  • Household decisions on debt and default
  • Determinants of illegal immigration
  • Econometric analysis of non-stationary time series
  • Implications of different banking structures for economic growth and credit rationing
  • Empirical support for the small open-economy New Keynesian Phillips curve
  • Alternative methods to estimate exchange-rate pass-through on prices in macrodata
  • Economic growth in the very long run

Recent organised and hosted research events

Current PhD students affiliated with the Centre and their topics

  • Seyhan Aygul: Importers, exporters and incomplete exchange-rate pass-through
  • Andrew Clark: International reserve assets in a historical perspective and the role cryptocurrencies and central bank digital currencies
  • Zhe Wang: Heterogeneous effects of single monetary policy on unemployment and other labor market variables in the European Monetary Union
  • Duo Xu: Modelling the determinants and effects of sovereign credit default swap spreads

Recent PhD students affiliated with the Centre and their topics

  • Dr Edward Anyaeji, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, United Kingdom: Modelling and forecasting the energy mix
  • Dr Remmy Kampamba, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Lusaka, Zambia: Monetary policy transmission in three post-liberalisation Sub-Saharan African economies
  • Dr Harun Nasir, Department of Economics, Zonguldak Bulent Ecevit University (BEU), Turkey: Optimal international reserves for small open economies
  • Dr Alina Spiru, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom: Inflation convergence in the new EU member states
  • Dr Nathaniel Urama (visiting), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria: Quantifying the macroeconomic effects of sizable international remittances in a DSGE framework
  • Taking your PhD in Economics

    Please see further information on postgraduate research opportunities.

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Dr Alexander Mihailov, Centre Director, EARG



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