Professor Colin Wren
Professor of Applied Microeconomics
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1644
- Address: Floor 7, Room 7.18
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4SE, UK.
My research is in the area of microeconomics with applications to regional and industrial economics. It is concerned with examining the impacts and effects of Government interventions on private-sector behaviour, mainly through firm-based initiatives, with implications for regional and national economic development. Issues have a strong policy dimension and are analysed from both applied and theoretical perspectives. Results are disseminated to academics and practitioners, with impacts on the policy process. Recent work has focused on the regional impacts of foreign direct investment at both the UK and European levels. I have also undertaken work on the effectiveness of Internet markets / price comparison sites.
BA (Hons), Pure Mathematics and Economics, University of Sheffield.
MSc (Econ) with distinction, University of York.
PhD, Department of Economics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Colin_Wren2
Current Papers under submission / preparation
Recent and current research on FDI Location and Competition Issues in Internet Markets.
Recent PhD Supervision
Stephen McDonald: Price Dispersion and Search Costs: The Internet Car Insurance Market (complete).
Addulaziz Almahmood: Inward FDI and Saudi Arabia (complete).
Ilona Serwicka: European Economic Integration and FDI Location: The Fifth Enlargement (complete).
Qianyi Zhou: The Location of BRICS Foreign Direct Investment in the European Union, 1997-2010 (complete).
Putu Sudiani: FDI Location in Indonesia and the Role of Tax Incentives (current).
Neha Tengur: Electoral Cycles and Fiscal Instruments in EU Countries (current).
Contributed to about £2.5 million in research income at Newcastle. In recent years presentations at numerous international conferences. Invited presentations to HM Treasury, Department of Trade and Industry and World Bank. Evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. Policy-related work, including papers to the Alliance for Regional Aid and consultant to the National Audit Office on regional grants and Government Office for Science Foresight project on the Future of Manufacturing.
Project leader on FDI, ESRC Spatial Economics Research Centre, www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk
Member, Editorial Board, Regional Studies.
Director, PhD Programme, Economics.
Chairman, Board of Examiners, Economics.
Drafting Committee, Handbook on Prior Assessment, OECD, Paris.
Steering Committee, UK Evaluation of Regional Grants, DTI, London.
Steering Committee, Evaluation of Global Entrepreneur Programme, UKTI, London.
Economic Analysis Training, ONE North East.
External examiner: University of Strathclyde, 2000-03; Lancaster University, 2004-07; University of Cambridge, 2008-2010; Reading University, 2015-date.
Microeconomic Analysis (ECO2004)
Economic Modelling (ECO2003)
Public Economics (ECO3014).
Feedback, Guidance and Consultation Hours (i.e., when I am in my office to see students):
Thursday 2-4pm and Friday 11-12 am.
- Jones J, McDonald S, Wren C. How Do Broad Retail MFN Clauses Affect Price Competition? Evidence for a UK Online Platform Market. 2018. In Preparation.
- McDonald S, Wren C. Multibrand pricing as a strategy for consumer search obfuscation in online markets. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 2018, epub ahead of print.
- Jones J, Serwicka I, Wren C. Economic integration, border costs and FDI location: Evidence from the fifth European enlargement. International Review of Economics and Finance 2018, 54, 193-205.
- Jones J, Serwicka I, Wren C. The FDI Border Effect and Economic Integration: Evidence from the Fifth European Union Enlargement. In: Regional Science Association: Irish and British Section, 46th Annual Conference. 2017, Harrogate, UK.
- McDonald S, Wren C. Consumer Search Ability, Price Dispersion and the Digital Divide. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 2017, 79(2), 234-250.
- Serwicka I, Jones J, Wren C. Economic Integration, Institutional Change and the Asset-Exploiting Motives for FDI Location in Europe. International Business Review 2017. Submitted.
- Wren C, Jones J. Understanding the Location of Foreign Direct Investment. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016.
- Jones J, Wren C. Does Service FDI Locate Differently to Manufacturing FDI? A Regional Analysis for Great Britain. Regional Studies 2016, 50(12), 1980-1994.
- Jones J, Wren C. The Dynamics of Service FDI Location: A Disaggregated Industry Analysis for Great Britain. In: Beerepoot,N; Lambregts,B; Kleibert,J, ed. Globalisation and Services-driven Economic Growth : Perspectives from the Global North and South. London: Routledge, 2016, pp.90-104.
- Serwicka I, Jones J, Wren C. The Motives for the FDI Location Choice in the ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Europe. In: 54th Congress of European Regional Science Association. 2014, St Petersburg, Russia: ERSA.
- McDonald S, Wren C. Multiple Price Posting and Search Obfuscation in an Online Market. In: International Industrial Organization Conference. 2013, Boston, USA.
- McDonald S, Wren C. Multiple Price Posting and Consumer Search Obfuscation: Evidence from an Online Market. In: 40th EARIE Annual Conference. 2013, Évora, Portugal.
- Wren C. Geographic concentration and the temporal scope of agglomeration economies: An index decomposition. Regional Science and Urban Economics 2012, 42(4), 681-690.
- Wren C, Jones J. FDI Location across British Regions and Agglomerative Forces: A Markov Analysis. Spatial Economic Analysis 2012, 7(2), 265-286.
- McDonald S, Wren C. Informative Brand Advertising and Pricing Strategies in Internet Markets with Heterogeneous Consumer Search. International Journal of the Economics of Business 2012, 19(1), 55-69.
- Wren C, Jones J. Quantitative Evaluation of the LEAD Programme, 2004-11. Lancaster: Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University, 2012.
- Jones J, Wren C. On the Relative Importance of Agglomeration Economies in the Location of FDI Across British Regions. London: Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE, 2011. SERC Discussion Paper 89.
- Wren C, Jones J. Assessing the Regional Impact of Grants on FDI Location: Evidence from U.K. Regional Policy, 1985-2005. Journal of Regional Science 2011, 51(3), 497-517.
- Wren C, Storey DJ. Evaluating the Effect of Soft Business Support upon Small Firm Performance. In: Smallbone, D, ed. Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010, pp.283-314.
- Wren C, Jones J. Grants and the Location of Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from the UK Regions. In: Farschi M; Janne O; McCann P, ed. Technological Change and Mature Industrial Regions: Firms, Knowledge, and Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009, pp.299-320.
- Wren C. Onward the Spatial: An Essay on the Nature and Relevance of Regional Economics. Spatial Economic Analysis 2009, 4(4), 447-465.
- McDonald S, Wren C. Price Dispersion and the Ability to Search: The UK Internet Motor Insurance Market. Newcastle upon Tyne: Newcastle Discussion Papers in Economics No 2009 / 07, 2009.
- Wren CM, Jones J. Re-investment and the survival of foreign-owned plants. Regional Science and Urban Economics 2009, 39(2), 214-223.
- Wren C. Assessing Expected Impacts. In: Clark, G., Mountford, D, ed. Making Local Strategies Work: Building the Evidence Base. Paris: OECD, 2008, pp.75-100.
- Wren C, Storey DJ. Evaluating the Effect of Soft Business Support upon Small Firm Performance. In: Henrekson, M., Douhan, R, ed. The Political Economy of Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008, pp.61-92.
- Jones J, Wren C. Foreign Inward Investment and Regional Prospects. Northern Economic Review 2008, 38, 61-79.
- Pike A, Coombes M, Bristow G, Fan C, Gillespie A, Harris R, Hull A, Marshall N, Wren C. Final editorial for the Newcastle editorial team. Regional Studies 2008, 42(10), 1291-1294.
- Robson MT, Wren C. Marginal and Average Tax Rates and the Incentive for Self-Employment. In: Henrekson, M., Douhan, R, ed. The Political Economy of Entrepreneurship. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008, pp.304-320.
- Wren C. Reconciling practice with theory in the micro-evaluation of regional policy. In: International Review of Applied Economics: EUNIP Conference. 2007, University of Limerick: Routledge.
- Pike AJ, Bristow G, Coombes MG, Fan C, Gillespie AE, Harris RID, Hull AD, Marshall N, Wren CM. Regional Studies: 40 years and more…. Regional Studies 2007, 41(Supplement), 1-8.
- Coombes MG, Raybould SR, Wren CM. The Cost of FAInS Provision. The Family Advice and Information Service: A Changing Role for Family Lawyers in England and Wales. Newcastle upon Tyne: Centre for Family Studies, Legal Services Commission, 2007.
- Bachtler J, Wren C. Evaluation of European Union Cohesion policy: Research questions and policy challenges. Regional Studies 2006, 40(2), 143-153.
- Wren C, Jones J. Ex-post Evaluation of the LEAD Programme. Lancaster University: Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, 2006.
- Wren C, Storey DJ. Evaluating the Effect of Soft Business Support upon Small Firm Performance. In: van der Horst, R., King-Kauanui, S., Duffy, S, ed. Keystones of Entrepreneurship Knowledge. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005, pp.231-60.
- Jones J, Wren C. Foreign Direct Investment and the Regional Economy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005.
- Wren CM. Regional grants: are they worth It?. Fiscal Studies 2005, 26(2), 245-275.
- Tomaney J, Pike A, Jones J, Wren C. Written Evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee Inquiry into Manufacturing and Trade in Wales. Second Report of Session 2004-05, Welsh Affairs Committee, House of Commons 2005, HC 329-II.
- Jones J, Wren C. Do inward investors achieve their job targets. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 2004, 66(4), 483-513.
- Wren C. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: A Framework for Policy. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 2004, 4(1), 28-40.
- Jones J, Wren C. Inward foreign direct investment and employment: A project-based analysis in north-east England. Journal of Economic Geography 2004, 4(5), 517-543.
- Wren C. Investment scale as a signal in industrial assistance schemes with employment objectives. Economica 2003, 70(278), 331-352.
- Wren C, Storey DJ. Evaluating the effect of soft business support upon small firm performance. Oxford Economic Papers 2002, 54(2), 334-365.
- Wren C. The industrial policy of competitiveness: A review of recent developments in the UK. Regional Studies 2001, 35(9), 847-860.
- C. Wren. Grant Equivalent Expenditure on Industrial Subsidies in the Post-war United Kingdom. In: Harvey Armstrong and Jim Taylor, ed. The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics: The Economics of Regional Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1999, pp.19-54.
- Wren C. Methodologies for Evaluating the New Business Support. In: DTI and Academic Seminar on Assessing the Supply-Side benefits of Business Support. 1999, London: HM Treasury.
- C. Wren and M. Waterson. The Direct Employment Effects of Financial Assistance to Industry. In: Harvey Armstrong and Jim Taylor, ed. The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics: The Economics of Regional Policy. 1999, pp.408-30.
- Robson MT, Wren C. Marginal and average tax rates and the incentive for self-employment. Southern Economic Journal 1999, 65(4), 757-773.
- Wren C, Taylor J. Industrial restructuring and regional policy. Oxford Economic Papers 1999, 51(3), 487-516.
- Wren C. Wealth from diversity: Innovation, structural change and finance for regional development in Europe - edited by Xavier Vence-Deza and J. Stanley Metcalfe. Journal of Regional Science 1997, 37(3), 527-529.
- Wren C. Industrial Subsidies: The UK Experience. Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1996.
- Wren C. Grant Equivalent Expenditure on Industrial Subsidies in the Post-war United Kingdom. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 1996, 58(2), 317-353.
- Wren C. Fund substitution and the incentive effect of public investment subsidies. Scottish Journal of Political Economy 1996, 43(5), 534-548.
- Wren C. The build-up and duration of subsidy-induced employment evidence from U.K. regional policy. Journal of Regional Science 1994, 34(3), 387-410.