Economics

Lutfi Rahimi

Economics

PhD Researcher in Economics (ESRC 1+3)
Business School, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: The consequences of switching the tax burden; moving from income taxes to property ‘housing’ taxes and its social consequences. 

I am interested to see the welfare and growth effects of changing the burden of taxation or to be more precise, the tax incident. There is a general trend in OECD countries to move toward a broadening tax base rather than increasing rates. Tax policies are one of the much debated policies in the governments and with the current devolution of power in the UK; regional assemblies have acquired more autonomy in making decisions on their tax policies.  My research is to provide a closer look into how household attitudes change if the proportion of tax instruments (mainly a reciprocal change in income and property taxes) is varied. 

Research supervisors: Professor Gareth Myles

E-mail: lr359@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Lutfi Rahimi 

Isabel Stockton

Economics

PhD Researcher in Economics (ESRC +3)
Economics, Finance and Management,  University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: The role of non-wage job characteristics as determinants of women’s wages and employment patterns in labour markets characterised by search

At the moment, I am analysing a large set of social security data to find out to what extent women are more likely than men to accept lower wages to avoid long commutes. Women’s shorter commutes could thus contribute to enduring discrepancies in men’s and women’s wages and other labour market outcomes. A particular focus is on differences between women in urban and rural areas, the effect of childbirth, and the role of childcare availability. I use duration (aka survival) analysis and a structural model of a search labour market to infer behavioural parameters from observed choices. 

Research supervisors: Dr Annette Bergemann, Professor Gerard van den Berg

Professional memberships / positions held: Regularly visiting Institute for Employment Research (IAB, Nuremberg), previously worked with/at German Federal Statistical Office, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW, Mannheim) and German Institute for Economic Research (DIW, Berlin).

E-mail: isabel.stockton@bristol.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Isabel Stockton 

Hannes Titeca

Economics

PhD Researcher in Economics (ESRC 1+3)
Business School, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: To be confirmed

I am yet to confirm my exact research topic however I am most interested in looking at individual and group behaviour and how these relate to economic outcomes. As part of my Masters dissertation I plan to conduct an experiment looking at why many people choose to cooperate and behave in ways that do not, at least initially, appear to be in their best interests. More specifically, the role of shame related to knowing that others will observe what actions one has made and how this might interact with the long studied role of communication possibilities in such situations. 

Research supervisors: TBC

E-mail: ht345@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Hannes Titeca