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Dr Christopher Spencer BA (Hons) (UEA), MSc (UEA), PhD (Surrey)

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Senior Lecturer in Economics

Monetary policy; household finance; applied econometrics

ECB001 :  Intermediate Macroeconomics  (Semesters 1 and2)
ECC035: Central Banking and Financial Crises  (Semester1)
ECP305: Dissertation  (Semester 3)

 

Christopher Spencer is an economist with expertise in the areas of monetary policy, household finance, and applied econometrics. Christopher began his academic career in 2001 as a Research Officer at the University of Oxford, contributing to a research project funded by the European Commission. Following this, he joined the Department of Economics at University of Surrey as an ESRC funded doctoral research student. His PhD examined the empirical and theoretical aspects of central bank policy-making, in which he applied panel data techniques to estimate reaction functions for Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee members. After working at the University of Surrey as a Research Fellow, Christopher joined the Department of Economics at Loughborough University in 2008 as a Lecturer in Economics. He became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Economics in 2016.

Christopher has published in journals such as Public Choice, the Southern Economic Journal, Economics Letters, and the Economic History Review, and has presented his work at major conferences such as the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference and the Annual Congress of the European Economic Association. Presently, Christopher is supervising funded PhD research in the area of central bank communication and financial crises, and welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students with an interest in researching issues relating to central banking, monetary policy, and the history of US Federal Reserve System.

Research Interests:

In addition to the role of role of committees in setting monetary policy, Christopher's research interests include EMU and EU enlargement, applied economics and macroeconomics.

Key Publications:

Standards, Learning and Growth in Britain, 1901‐2009Economic History Review: a journal of economic and social history, 2016, 69(2), pp.627-652, ISSN: 1468-0289. DOI: 10.1111/ehr.12129 (with Paul Temple)

Inflated ordered outcomesEconomics Letters, 2012, 117(3), pp.683-686, ISSN: 0165-1765. DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.08.020 (with Robert Brooks and Mark N. Harris)

"A decade of dissent: explaining the dissent voting behavior of Bank of England MPC members," Public Choice, Vol 146(2), pp.413-442, October 2011 (with Mark N Harris and Paul Levine).

"How forward-looking is the Fed? Direct estimates from a `Calvo-type' rule," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 104(2), pages 92-95, August 2009. (with Vasco Gabriel and Paul Levine)

"The Policy Choices and Reaction Functions of Bank of England MPC Members," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 76(2), pages 482-499, October 2009. (with Mark N. Harris)