Economics & Finance

  • Postal address

    Portland Street, Richmond Building

    PO1 3DE Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

Economics and finance impacts almost every element of our modern lives. From the policies enacted by governments to the purchasing decisions we make on the high street, the success of the global economy depends on our understanding of these two subjects.

The Economics and Finance subject group is part of the Portsmouth Business School, and sits within the University's Faculty of Business and Law.

Our Economics research includes the use of mathematical models to predict how people make decisions and laboratory experiments to test our predictions. We also use econometric methods to analyse field data to understand, for example, what determines the efficiency of energy production or how the economy reacts to events such as the 2008 financial crisis.

We use insights from our research to suggest how governments could better regulate the use of natural resources or risk taking by banks, develop more effective monetary policies (such as interest rate changes), and legislate to influence people’s economic decisions and improve the overall economic outcome.

Through our Finance research, we're transforming our knowledge into research that's making an impact. We're exploring how finance impacts everything from the health of the global economy to the wellbeing of individual citizens, and guarding against a repeat of recent financial crises by studying both their causes and the effects they have on almost every level of society.

We use a range of methodologies in our research – from mathematical models to testing ideas in the laboratory – and by using a variety of approaches, we're able to develop a broader understanding of the intricacies of the economics and finance field.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Resource economics and environmental policy
  • Behavioural and experimental economics
  • Efficiency and productivity
  • Monetary policy
  • Banking and financial markets
  • Corporate finance
  • Fintech and microfinance

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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