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Efficiency and productivity research

Explore our work in efficiency and productivity, one of the 4 areas of expertise in our Economics research area


Neoclassical economic theory predicts that agents or decision makers who perform below their ability won't survive in competitive markets. However, in reality many other factors, such as imperfect information and regulation, can cause inefficiency and damage productivity. Using state of the art techniques we investigate the driving forces of productivity across various sectors as well as related inefficiencies and other frictions and aim to provide policy recommendations driven by strong theoretical and empirical evidence.

Collaborations and partnerships

Our academic partners include the Brunel University, University of Milan, National University of Singapore, KAPSARC, Queensland University of Technology, University of Montreal, Technical University of Dresden, and University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weidenand.

Current projects

  • Analysing sectoral productivity in the UK to identify reasons for high and low productivity
  • Measuring country’s energy and environmental inefficiency
  • Productivity effects of collaboration and specialization in research and innovation
  • Skilled-labour migration, gender and peer effects on productivity in STEM research

Recent publication highlights

Discover our areas of expertise

Efficiency and productivity is one of our 4 areas of expertise in our Economics research area – explore the others below.

Research groups

We're undertaking cutting-edge research ranging from microeconomic level analysis of individual decision making, to global macroeconomic and monetary interactions.

Our members

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Professor Lester Hunt

  • Job Title Professor of Economics
  • Email Address Lester.Hunt@port.ac.uk
  • Department Economics and Finance
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Michail Filippidis

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Dr Robert Gausden

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance
  • Email Address Robert.Gausden@port.ac.uk
  • Department Economics and Finance
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Yaseen Ghulam

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address Yaseen.Ghulam@port.ac.uk
  • Department Economics and Finance
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Professor Shabbar Jaffry

  • Job Title Professor of Economics and Finance
  • Email Address Shabbar.Jaffry@port.ac.uk
  • Department Economics and Finance
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Paraskevas Kipouros

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Dr Scott Mahadeo

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address scott.mahadeo@port.ac.uk
  • Department Economics and Finance
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
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Dr Ali Onder

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer of Economics and Finance
  • Email Address Ali.Onder@port.ac.uk
  • Department Economics and Finance
  • Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

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