School of Business and Economics


David Saal

Professor David Saal

Professor of Microeconomics; Head of Economics Discipline Group; Co-Director, Centre for Productivity and Performance

Professor David Saal is a Professor of Microeconomics, Head of the Economics discipline group and Co-Director of the newly established Centre for Productivity and Performance at Loughborough University.

Professor Saal has extensive research expertise in the economic modelling of infrastructure industry costs and its application to infrastructure industry regulation, and improving the efficiency and productivity of firms.

He has also provided consulting advice on infrastructure cost modelling, and/or the cost implications of proposed changes in industry structure to the World Bank, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales Australia, and OFGEM.

His research has led him develop several interdisciplinary projects that focus on evaluating water industry reform proposals that aim to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the water industry. These projects highlight the need to understand the complex relationship between the engineering requirements of infrastructure projects and the resulting economic costs of service provision, while simultaneously accounting for the regulatory, political, environmental and social inclusion agendas that influence the development of infrastructure industries.

Professor Saal is also a Research Professor at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin).