Our research

THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD HAS ONE OF THE LARGEST, STRONGEST AND MOSY VARIED GROUPS OF ACADEMIC ECONOMISTS IN THE WORLD. OUR RESEARCH INTERESTS cover virtually every aspect of modern economic analysis and its applications.

Our objective is to engage in world-leading innovative research that extends the frontiers of the discipline, enhancing our understanding of the operation of modern economies and their interrelationships with the broader society. We seek to have impact by informing and improving the design and the implementation of economic and public policy in the UK and world-wide.

The size of the departmart is reflected in the broad range of our research. We seek to maintain world-class expertise in the core discipline areas of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, while building clusters of research strength in more specialists subfields – notably applied microeconomics; behavioural economics and game theory; economic history; development economics.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework to evaluate the research output of UK Universities, Oxford was first for overall research strength in Economics and Econometrics, with more research ranked as ‘world-leading’ than any other participating institution. 56% of our research was rated as ‘world-leading’ (4*) and a further 33% rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).

The recent Tilburg University ranking of Economics departments based on research contribution between 2015-2019, placed Oxford 11th in the world and 2nd in Europe.

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