School of Economics

PhD Students

Profiles of PhD students currently enrolled at the School of Economics, including supervisors and research interests.

Name (sorted in ascending order) Email Phone number Research Interests
Shubhangi Agrawal
Luis Aguilar-Luna
  • Labour Economics
  • Economics of Crime
  • Macroeconomics
  • International Trade
Stuart Breslin
  • On-the-Job Training and Human Capital
  • Firm Heterogeneity
  • Labour Market outcomes and Sorting
  • Macro-Theory
Kezhen Chen

Kezhen's current research interests lie in microeconomic theory. He has particular interests in the functioning of scientific peer review and topics of corruption.

Tuocheng Chen

Tuocheng's main research areas are microeconomic theory, game theory, information design, mechanism design.

Mory Clark

Mory’s current research will focus on the impacts of migration, human capital formation and the impacts on global inequality, using micro founded macroeconomics to model these effects. Mory hopes his research will shed more light on the true economic impact of migration and how individual’s behaviour is affected in the presence of the possibility of migration.  

Supervisors: Sevi Mora & Andy Snell

Adolfo Fuentes Werlinger

Adolfo's primary research interest lies between labor economics and macroeconomics. Specifically on how frictions affect the labor market and how labor outcomes, such as wages, informality, and unemployment, can be affected by changes in the minimum wage, changes in the skill composition of workers, and increases in social security contributions. 

As a secondary interest, Adolfo is interested in how people's social capital influences different aspects of life, such as labor market outcomes, health, and voting behavior, and how some environmental aspects, such as inequality, can ameliorate these relationships.

Kavisha Gupta

Kavisha's research interest lies in the area of macroeconomics with a focus on the effect of unconditional transfers and other human & social development policies on intergenerational mobility and inequality in a developing country context. Her current work focusses on understanding the role of education related policies in reducing child labour and informality, using quantitative macroeconomic models. 

Krista Holthaus
Leqing Huang


Heterogenous agents and inequality


Brian Jagusch
  • Applied Microeconometrics, especially Difference-in-Differences Methods
  • Labour Economics  
  • Public Policy
Alex Kostylev
  • Applied Political Economy
  • Quality of Political Governance
  • Principal-Agent Relationship in Political Economy
  • Text Analysis 
Kevin Le

Kevin’s primary research interests are in the economics of science and R&D and knowledge based technologies, initially from macro and econometric perspectives. He will sooner or later likely find himself trying to understand search and matching of PhD graduates.

Aubrey Li

Game Theory and Mechanism Design

Chenchen Li
Jiaying Li
Shunhan Li
  • Economic Transformation;
  • Public Policy;
  • Urban Economics


Jinge Liu

Development Economics

Siting (Estée) Lu

Game Theory, Behavioural Economics, Searching and Matching

Tianfei Lyu
  • Macroeconomics and labor economics
  • Vacancy and hiring process
Hugo Manfield
Alex McQuitty

Alex's research interests are labor-macro and the economics of technological change, with a focus on modeling heterogeneity of assets and the distribution of wealth and inequality.

David Mesa-Ruiz (student email) / (staff email)

Labour economics (Gender Wage Gap), Applied Econometrics, Microeconometrics

Jenny Peters
  • Macro Labour Models
  • Applied Labour Economics
  • Gender Differentials in the Labour Market
Yuhan Shao


Intergenerational mobility

Jun Shen

Macroeconomics, Public Economics, Financial Economics

Yating Shen

Yating is interested in (evolutionary) game theory, behavioural and experimental economics.

Jamie Smith

Jamie's research is focused on the underlying causes of regional inequalities within the United Kingdom.

  • Regional inequalities of income and productivity
  • Structural modelling
  • Human capital
  • Labour market outcomes
  • Econometrics
Zijue Wang

Macroeconomics; Intergenerational mobility

Yiqi Xu

Yiqi's current research interests lie in the areas of macroeconomic theories about inflation and wage determination. She is also interested in certain topics in financial economics, such as leverage and credit cycles. Additonally, she also would like to make developments on numerical methods for macroeconomic models.

Jiahao Zhang

Applied econometrics, Microeconometrics, Job flexibility and Child penalty