Economics at Sussex is a fast-growing department committed to high quality teaching and research within a friendly academic environment. We have about 500 undergraduates on a variety of degree courses, plus thriving masters courses and research degree courses.
About 40% of our undergraduate and over 70% of our postgraduate students are from overseas and enrich the learning environment in the Department. Our graduates have a strong record of obtaining high quality jobs, going on to work in a wide range of sectors including government, economics consultancy, banking and NGOs.
We specialise in research on international trade and trade policy, poverty and economic development, labour and education economics, and resources, environment and climate. Our research is supported by substantial research grants from the ESRC and other sources. We also work closely with all the major international agencies, from the World Bank to the European Commission, and this depth of experience is brought to the teaching of our degree courses. More details can be found by consulting the research or people pages of this site.
Head of Department
'Discussing the UK supply side challenge' with Evan Davis, 9 April 2013
The Economics Society hosted a talk by Evan Davis, the BBC Economist, Journalist and Presenter of 'Dragons Den' and 'The Bottom Line' in the Jubilee lecture theatre on Tuesday 9 April.
During the talk, titled 'Discussing the UK supply side challenge', Evan spoke about the challenges facing industry, investors and entrepreneurs in the UK and the need to focus attention on the supply side. Batting aside questions about Dragon's Den, he reviewed the UK's industrial performance, from the 1980s and Margaret Thatcher's legacy to the changing role of China, and asked students to think about policies for boosting growth. The discussion that followed was typically wide-ranging, from HS2 and other infrastructure investment, internationalisation of UK education and regional income disparities. Drinks followed during which Evan was inundated with questions from students - we hope he made the last train back to London!
An audio recording from the talk is available below.
Photos by Stuart Robinson.
Audio from Evan's talk
Annual Economics PhD conference, 29 January 2013
Staff and research students alike gathered at the 2012 annual PhD conference on 29 January 2013 (the planned 2012 date having been postponed) to hear talks from a number of PhD students covering such topics as the Arab Spring, productivity growth in Poland and Brazilian wage disparities. The day culminated with a presentation from guest speaker Professor Sonia R. Bhalotra (University of Bristol) titled 'Clean water, cognitive development and parental investments: Quasi-experimental evidence from Mexico'.