Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Nils Braakmann

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Director of Accreditation



I joined Newcastle University in September 2010, first as a Lecturer until 2013, since then as Senior Lecturer (one of the British flavours of what is commonly known as Associate Professor). Before coming to England I was a PostDoc in Economics at Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany, where I also completed my doctoral degree in Economics in 2009 as well as Master's degrees in Business and Economic and Social Sciences.

I'm an empirical microeconomist who uses large-scale datasets and microeconometric techniques to investigate questions mainly drawn from labour economics, the economics of crime, health economics, international economics and urban economics.

See here for full CV.


Dipl.-Kaufmann. (~Master in Business), University of Lueneburg, 2006
Dipl.-Oekonom (~Master in Economics and Social Sciences), Leuphana University of Lueneburg, 2007
Doctor rerum politicarum in Economics, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, 2009

Previous Positions

  • Researcher (grant funded), Leuphana University of Lueneburg, 2006-2010 (2009-2010 as PostDoc)
  • Lecturer in Economics, Newcastle University, 2010-2013


  • 05/2016 - ongoing Director of Accreditation, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the School Executive Board
  • 02/2016 - 08/2016 (Interim) deputy head of economics, Newcastle University Business School
  • 07/2015 - 08/2016 Research Ethics Coordinator, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee and the Business School’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee
  • 09/2015 - 08/2016 Chair, personal extenuating circumstances committee, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the Business School’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee
  • 09/2012 - 08/2016 Senior Tutor, economics programmes, Newcastle University (2012-2015 undergraduate and postgraduate, 2015-2016 undergraduate)
  • Internal subject review/Learning and teaching reviews: Chemistry (2014), Education (2015)
  • Programme approval panels: BA Film and Media (2014), MRes and MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (2014), MA Landscape Architecture Studies (2014), MSc/MRes in Urban Energy Technology and Policy (2015), MSc Genomic Medicine (2015), MA in Media and Society (Research) (2016)
  • 2013-2016 member of the Student Discretionary Award Forum, Newcastle University


Research Interests

Empirical microeconomics, in particular in labour economics, health economics, economics of crime, international economics and urban economics.

See: or my personal website for links to publications and working papers 

Prospective PhD students

I'm happy to supervise students in my areas of interest. Feel free to drop me an email in these cases to discuss an application. Given my interests, PhD projects for which I make sense as a supervisor will inevitably involve data work, often using large scale micro data, and advanced econometrics. I am not interested in time series stuff or the vast majority of finance topics, as I firmly believe that a supervisor needs to have some minimum level of competency in fields that he supervises.

PhD supervised

  • Hasan Ankara (joint with John Wildman), Health Economics, 01/2011 - 06/2015, funded by Turkish government
  • Muhammad Waqas (joint with John Wildman), Immigration, 09/2011 - 12/2015, funded by Peter and Norah Lomas Scholarship in Economics 
  • Bo Gao (joint with Sara Maioli and Mich Tvede), Multinational firms and exports, 09/2012 - 08/2016 (planned), funded by ESRC doctoral training centre
  • Erin Graybill (joint with Sara Maioli), Trade and labour markets, 09/2014 - ongoing, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre
  • Eduardo Gonzalo Almorox (joint with Volodymyr Bilotkach and John Wildman), Health/IO, 09/2015 - ongoing, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre


American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Applied Economics (2x), Applied Economics Letters, Applied Economics Quarterly (Special Issue ``The Internationalisation of Services''), Contemporary Economic Policy,  Economica (2x), Economic Inquiry (4x), Economic Journal (4x), Economics and Human Biology (2x), European Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics (2x), International Economics and Economic Policy, International Journal of Human Resource Management (2x), International Journal of Manpower, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik (7x), Journal of Demographic Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2x), Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Economic Psychology (3x), Journal of Health Economics (5x), Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Research (2x), Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Labour, Labour Economics (2x), Manchester School, Review of Economics of the Household (2x), Schmollers Jahrbuch (7x), Small Business Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Urban Studies, World Bank Economic Review, Zeitschrift fuer ArbeitsmarktForschung (5x)

Grant awarding bodies, other
ESRC (2x), Scottish Economic Society small grant, PhD applications for North East Doctoral Training Centre (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Conference presentations (* coauthor)

  • Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2010*)
  • American Economic Association (2011)
  • European Association of Labour Economists (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • European Economic Association (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
  • European Society for Population Economics (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Royal Economic Society (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016*)
  • Scottish Economic Society (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Verein fuer Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • User Conference of the RDC of the BA at the IAB (2006, 2008, 2010), AFiD Workshop ``Nutzung komplexer Datenbestaende der amtlichen Statistik''' (2010); DIME-ISGEP Workshop ``Firm Selection and Country Competitiveness'' (2010), Goettinger Workshop Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (2010), ZEW/IAB-Workshop ``Spatial Dimensions of the Labour Market'' (2010),  CREPS (2006, 2010), Statistische Woche (2009), G-Forum (2006, 2007)


Current undergraduate teaching

ECO1018 Economic Applications

Current postgraduate teaching

NBS8259 Cross Sectional and Panel Econometrics

Current PhD teaching

I am currently one of the organisers of the subject group's course programme for PhD students. We currently offer a course in (micro-)econometrics in the winter (either NBS8557 "Causal inference and quasi-experimental methods" or NBS8558 "Applied Microeconometrics", taught by John Wildman and me) and a course in advanced microeconomic theory in the summer in a two year sequence. We also have a seminar for PhD students to discuss their work/ideas. This runs alongside the courses provided by faculty and school.

Full list of present/past courses:


  • Economic Applications (Newcastle, 2012/12, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16)
  • British Economy (Newcastle, 2011/12)
  • Introductory Economics (Newcastle 2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Statistical Methods for Economics (Newcastle, 2010/11)
  • Economics of Happiness (Lueneburg, 2009/10)
  • Causal inference and treatment effect estimation (Lueneburg, 2008/09)
  • Current Topics in Labor Economics and Social Policy (Lueneburg, 2008/09)

Postgraduate (taught):

  • Cross sectional and panel econometrics (Newcastle, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16)
  • Intro to Maths and Stats (Newcastle, 2010/11, 2011/12)
  • Methods of Public Economics, Law and Politics I (Quantitative methods) (Lueneburg 2009/10)


  • Causal inference and quasi-experimental methods (Newcastle, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2015/16; Lueneburg 2008/09, 2014/15)
  • Applied Microeconometrics (Newcastle, 2012/13, 2014/15)
  • Applied Econometrics (Lueneburg,  2009/10)
  • Empirics in a Nutshell (Lueneburg, 2008/09)