Dr Theodore Koutmeridis
- Lecturer in Economics (Economics)
Theo Koutmeridis is a Lecturer in Economics at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, where he co-ordinates the "Behaviour, Structure and Interventions" interdisciplinary research network. He holds a PhD in Economics from Warwick University where he was a Royal Economic Society Junior Fellow and an Onassis Scholar. His work on economic inequality and crime has been recognised with various awards, such as the Sir Alec Cairncross Prize by the Scottish Economic Society, the 1st Prize of the European Science Days Interdisciplinary Award, British Academy's Rising Star Award, and has been featured in the media and various symposia, such as his TEDx talk on "The Underground Economy". His work has been awarded grants for research, teaching, impact and engagement, and more recently an ESRC-DFID grant for collaborative fieldwork in underdeveloped Indian schools (£700,000, 2018-21). As a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy he has contributed to the "RSE/YAS Brexit Report", while he has recently been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.
Selected Research and Publications:
- "The Changing Returns to Crime: Do Criminals Respond to Prices?" Accepted for Publication, Review of Economic Studies (with M. Draca and S. Machin).
- "Misallocation, Education Expansion and Wage Inequality", working paper, submitted.
- "Brexit and the Scottish Economy: Risks, Opportunities and the Revenge of the Disadvantaged". In Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland’s Brexit Report, Brexit: The Impact on Scotland, September 2017.
- Labour Economics
- Law and Economics
- Political Economy
- Development and Growth
- Technology and Innovation
- Behavioural Economics and Finance
Grants and Awards:
- ESRC-DFID research grant, "Disadvantage and Participation Accountability Processes: Theory and Evidence from School Development and Management Committees in Karnataka, India", (with S. Ghosal, C. Chapman, M. Schweisfurth, P. Dalton) £700,000, 2018-2021.
- ESRC Impact Acceleration Account Grant, Copyright in the Digital Economy, £10,000, 2016-2017
- "Behaviour, Structure and Interventions" Interdisciplinary Research Network Grant, Research Strategy & Innovation Office, with S. Ghosal, £8,000 per year, 2014-
- British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, £15,000, 2017-2018
- Principal’s Early Career Mobility Award, £3,500, 2016
- Elected Member, Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy, £2,500, 2014-2019
- Sir Alec Cairncross Prize in Economics, £1,000, 2014
- Royal Economic Society Junior Fellowship, £8,000, 2012-2013
- Interdisciplinary ESD Award for the Best Paper, 1st Prize, €3,000, 2011
- Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Warwick, 2010-11
- Jaakko Miettinen (PhD in Economics, 2014-2018, fully funded with a CREATe Microeconomics Scholarship)
- Prateek Chandra Bhan (PhD in Economics, 2017-2021, fully funded with a College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship)
PhD Thesis Examiner:
Antonio Parlavecchio (PhD in Economics, 2013-2017).
- Labour Economics
- Development and Growth
- Behavioural Economics & Finance
- Economics of Innovation
- Research Methods
PhD Research Methods Training Delivered:
- Identifying Causal Effects
- Finding Gaps in the Related Literature
- Advice for PhD Thesis Viva
- ECON5073 Behavioural Economics: Theory and Applications (PG) | University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School, Department of Economics
- ECON5101 Understanding Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach (PG) | University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School, Department of Economics
- Wednesdays 16:30-18:30 (please sign up here before passing by) or email me for an appointment
- Gilbert Scott Building, East Quad, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK (this is the map to my office)
- In Karnataka, India, to examine the impact and the channels through which such impact occurs, of empowerment training (e.g. ReflectionAction!) on the ability of disadvantaged groups to engage in collective action (ensuring effective participation in School Management and Development Committees) in the presence of more socially and optically powerful agents and groups. Funded by ESRC-DFID, £700,000, 2018-2021. In collaboration with Sayantan Ghosal (Glasgow), Patricio Dalton (Tilburg), Chris Chapman (Glasgow), Michelle Schweisfurth (Glasgow), Meena Nair (Public Affairs Centre) and Satyajeet Nanda (Public Affairs Centre).
Impact and Knowledge Exchange:
- NHS Scotland, Project for Counter Fraud Services to recover, £1-£5 million per year, 2016 onwards, ongoing project, potential impact case study for REF (funded by the NHS).
- Copyright and Digital Innovation: Supplying Copyright Evidence to Industry, Policy and Media, 2017-2018 (ESRC-IAA, £10,000).
Policy Work and Outreach:
- Brexit and the Scottish Economy: Risks, Opportunities and the Revenge of the Disadvantaged. In Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland’s Brexit Report: “Brexit: The Impact on Scotland”, September 2017. Authored the section on “The Economy” (2017).
- Inequality: Good for the Rich, Bad for the Economy? Royal Society of Edinburgh, Advice Paper (16-23), September 2016. Co-authored this paper as a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy (2016).
- Public consultation by the European Commission on the evaluation and modernisation of the legal framework for the enforcement of intellectual property rights. CREATe Centre: University of Glasgow. April 2016. Co-authored this paper on behalf of the CREATe Centre (2016).
Consultancy and Policy Advising:
- National Health Service (NHS Prevention Team, Counter Fraud Services, fieldwork to recover £1-£5 million per year).
- Her Majesty’s Government (Intellectual Property Office at the UK Government).
- Royal Society of Edinburgh (Working Groups on "Inequality", "Brexit and the Economy", ”Review of Financial Support for Students”, "Brexit and Migration" & "Brexit and International Students").
Media Coverage and Interviews:
- “Talking Headlines with Theo Koutmeridis: Media, Brexit and the Scottish Economy”, Research the Headlines, 21 September 2017, Interviewed by Dr Emma Carroll for RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland’s online blog.
- “Rising Star - Dr Theodore Koutmeridis”, ReSourcE, August 2017, Royal Society of Edinburgh’s magazine.
- “Increasing HE participation increases wage inequality”, Times Higher Education, Issue 2,270, 1-6 Sept 2016.