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Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group

The Lincoln Economics and Finance Research Group (LEAF) brings together economics and finance academics from University of Lincoln’s International Business School and School of Social and Political Sciences, graduate students and a diverse network of collaborators, with the aim to facilitate the creation and diffusion of rigorous and policy relevant research as well as research skills within the university, the local community, and the society at large. 

Lincoln Economic and Finance Group

Development Economics Conference (DEC) 2019

17-19 June 2019, Lincoln International Business School, Lincoln, UK

‌The broad theme of DEC 2019 is framed along the lines of the late Douglas North’s seminal contributions of the late 20th century to address issues arising out of the social and political turbulence affecting the global community in the 21st century. The conference will primarily aim to examine how these issues have been affecting the economic performance of nations at micro and macro level. While this is an academic conference it includes sessions with prominent speakers on policy and business issues designed to appeal also to policy makers, business leaders, consultants, and members of the public.

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What Are We Doing?

Our research is based on microeconomic models encompassing heterogeneous individual and firm behaviours and extends to the functioning of particular industries as well as the macroeconomic perspective that brings in the picture the interplay of institutions, markets, and policies in the diverse contexts of developing, emerging, and developed economies.

Why Is It Important?

A well-functioning markets and a vigorous enterprises are important drivers of growth and poverty reduction. Finance is central to enterprise development and vice versa, and large parts of both areas of inquiry revolve around the behaviour and performance of individuals and firms. Understanding these behaviours and outcomes is important from theoretical and practical perspectives. Even if the markets are efficient and individuals rational most of the time, we need to worry about the times when they are not.

How Are We Different?

On the backdrop of the 2007 financial crisis, the economists have been blamed for their failure to understand the importance of finance and financiers for putting too much faith in the models produced by economists. We recognise that individuals and firms cannot be the rational actors who fit neatly into academic models and that the level of financial development is good only up to a point, after which it may negatively impact economic growth. Therefore in our research we aspire to deal with the world as it is, not the world that is easily modelled.


Academic Staff

Dr Tobias Bruenner, Senior Lecturer

Dr Tim Chai, Lecturer

Jane Charlesworth, Senior Lecturer

Dr David Floyd, Senior Lecturer

Dr David Gray, Principal Lecturer

Dr Geeta Lakshmi, Senior Lecturer

Dr David Latham, Senior Lecturer

Dr Mi Lin, Senior Lecturer

Prof Steve McKay, Distinguished Professor in Social Research

Dr Hao Quach, Senior Lecturer

Dr Dragana Radicic, Senior Lecturer

Prof Marian Rizov, Professor of Economics

Dr Philip Rodgers, Senior Lecturer

Dr Eric Ruto, Senior Lecturer

Dr Shrabani Saha, Senior Lecturer

Dr Hanxiong Zhang, Senior Lecturer 

Dr Ishak Demir, Lecturer

Research PGs

Vu Ha Dang, PhD Student

Lilian Korir, PhD Student

Rose Smith, PhD Student

Huy Tran, PhD Student

External Collaborations

Bond University, Australia

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta, India

City University of Hong Kong

Curtin University, Australia

Edith Cowan University, Australia

Federation University, Australia

Griffith University, Australia

Iowa State University, USA

IQRA University, Pakistan

Manchester University, UK

Massey University, New Zealand

Middlesex University, UK

Mongolia International University, Mongolia

Qatar University, UAE

Slovak Agricultural University, Slovakia

The University of British Columbia, Canada

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

University of Calcutta – India

University College Dublin

University of Kent, UK

University of Newcastle, UK

University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse – USA

Wageningen University, Netherlands

Wester Sydney University, Australia