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Our research

Driving change through intellectually rigorous research with international impact.

Economics at York houses internationally recognised leading expertise in all core areas of economic research and related areas.

We cover a range of areas tackling issues that matter for the British society and beyond.  Our research is at the global forefront in health economics affecting how governments around the world procure treatments and pharmaceuticals and what they do about patient waiting times.

Research in our applied microeconomics cluster deepens the understanding of early childhood development and the expertise of our econometricians equips central bankers and other policy makers with better analytical tools when they seek to improve their decision making. We study workplace inequalities as well as specific policies designed to reduce them.

The Research Excellence Framework 2021

  • The Department of Economics ranks jointly in the top 10 for impact and is joint 14th for research in the UK - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021). Also, 92% of our research outputs, 100% of our research impact and 100% of our environment (the support we give to our researchers) are rated as world leading or internationally excellent (4* or 3*).

Learn more about the 2021 REF results

Research strengths

Our Department is organised into clusters, which consist of academic staff and research students.

Our clusters foster synergies, promote impact, engage with communities and sustain research excellence. They host regular seminars, lectures and workshops.

Impact and engagement

Impact is an integral part of our research. We aim for our work to be relevant to policymakers, practitioners and the wider community. Our research has made a major contribution to regulation, the delivery of public services, public finances and the analytical toolkit of practitioners.


University research themes

Interdisciplinary research is one of our strengths. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within two themes:

Discussion papers

Explore emerging research in our Department through our discussion papers. These working papers cover a range of policy-relevant topics, reflecting our Department’s current strengths and interests.

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