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About us

The Microeconomics Research Cluster focuses on the behaviour of individuals and on institutions allocating scarce resources. Microeconomists at the Adam Smith Business School studies market failures arising from asymmetric information, default and miscoordination of expectations, as well as non traditional markets like electronic commerce, or markets without money, such as reputation systems on the internet and the assignment of students to schools. They examine the normative foundations of decision making under uncertainty and behavioural biases together with related empirical paradoxes. They apply this methodology to the empirical analysis of oligopolistic markets, of behavioural poverty traps, disease prevalence, crime, copyright, and more.

Economics lunchtime seminar series

The Economics Lunchtime Seminar Series enables academic staff and doctoral researchers to share their work with colleagues.

Abstracts and biographies for upcoming seminars can be found on our Research Seminars webpage. For further information about the series, please contact the ASBS Research Team.

4 October 2023
Dr Dennie van Dolder, University of Essex

25 October 2023

1 November 2023

8 November 2023

13 March 2024
Dr Lukasz Wozny, Warsaw School of Economics

20 March 2024
Dr Gabriela Stockler, NYU Abu Dhabi and Universitat Pompeu Fabra

We foster a positive and productive environment for seminars through our Code of conduct.

Microtheory Seminar Series

The Microtheorists of the Adam Smith Business School welcome distinguished speakers from institutions worldwide to present their latest research.

On our page, you will find abstracts and biographies for upcoming seminars.

For further information and to register for individual seminars, please contact the Research Team.


12 September 2023
Dr Ludvig Sinander, University of Oxford

19 September 2023
Dr Jung You, California State University

26 September 2023
Dr Thomas Norman, University of Oxford

03 October 2023
Professor Makoto Yano, RIETI / Kyoto University

10 October 2023
Professor Yuan Ju, University of York

17 October 2023
Professor Roberto Serrano, Brown University

24 October 2023
Dr Artyom Jelnov, Ariel University

31 October 2023
Professor Alexander Martos, University of South Carolina

07 November 2023
Dr Tatiana Mayskaya, Higher School of Economics

14 November 2023
Professor Simone Cerreira-Vioglio, Bocconi University

21 November 2023
Professor Robert Simon, London School of Economics

28 November 2023
Dr Ina Taneva, University of Edinburgh

05 December 2023
Professor Carmine Ventre, King's College London

12 December 2023
Dr Tatiana Kornienko, King's College London

19 December 2023
Dr Jorgen Krazt, University of York

20 February 2024
Professor Ehud Lehrer, University of Durham

27 February 2024
Professor Shigehiro Serizawa and Mr Yuya Wakbayashi, Osaka University

05 March 2024
Professor Spyros Galanis, University of Durham

19 March 2024
Professor Bernhard von Stengel, London School of Economics

26 March 2024
Dr Duarte Gonçalvez, University College London

16 April 2024
Professor Dorothea Kübler, WZB Berlin

23 April 2024
Professor Marciano Siniscalchi, Northwestern University

30 April 2024
Professor Pierpaolo Battigalli, Bocconi University

07 May 2024
Professor Miguel Ballester, University of Oxford

14 May 2024
Professor Daron Acemoglu, MIT

21 May 2024
Dr Khushboo Surana, University of York

28 May 2024
Dr Arina Mikandrova, City, University of London

04 June 2024
Professor Michele Lombardi, University of Liverpool

11 June 2024
Professor Juuso Välimäki, Aalto University

We foster a positive and productive environment for seminars through our Code of conduct.
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Impact and engagement

Learn about our projects and activities

NHS fraud recovery

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Professor Sayantan Ghosal and Dr Theodore Koutmeridis have worked with NHS Scotland to increase cash recoveries and save public money. Incorrectly claimed payment exemptions for dental and ophthalmic treatments previously cost NHS Scotland approximately £10 million per year. Using theoretical and empirical-based research, Professor Ghosal and Dr Koutmeridis collaborated with NHS Scotland on an initiative that increased cash recoveries by £580,000 during the pilot phase and ultimately changed the NHS’s practice and culture.

Disadvantage and participation accountability processes in India

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Using theory and evidence from school development and management committees in Karnataka, India, Professor Sayantan Ghosal and Dr Theodore Koutmeridis have developed a conceptual framework to examine how poverty, marginalisation and exclusion impact on the beliefs and agency of parents, and to assess the impact of a pro-poor accountability framework. The project will lead to the development of training programmes tailored to encourage participation by disadvantaged groups in social accountability processes. Professor Michele Schweisfurth (Education), Dr Patricio Dalton (Tilburg School of Economics), and Dr Sanchari Roy (King’s College London) are co-investigators on this interdisciplinary ESRC-funded research project.