Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Nils Braakmann

Professor of Economics, Director of Accreditation, Joint Head Economics



I'm a Professor of Economics since May 2018. I am also currently Director of Accreditation for the Business School, Joint Head of the Economics Group (together with Bartosz Gebka) and a member of the Business School's Executive Board. I joined Newcastle University in September 2010, first as a Lecturer until 2013, from then as Senior Lecturer until July 2017 and from August 2017 to April 2018 as Reader in Labour Economics.  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.

Consultation and feedback hours for students: Generally Wednesdays, 14:30 to 16:30 and Thursdays 11:30-12:30, but I'm generally happy to meet outside of these hours - just send me an email.


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
  • Senior Lecturer in Economics, Newcastle University, 2013-2017
  • Reader in Labour Economics, Newcastle University, 2017-2018


  • 11/2017 - ongoing Joint Head of Economics, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the School Executive Board
  • 04/2017 - 11/2017 Acting Head of Economics, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the School Executive Board
  • 05/2016 - ongoing Director of Accreditation, Newcastle University Business School, ex officio member of the School Executive Board and the Business School’s Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee
  • 10/2016 - ongoing Member of Equality and Diversity committee/Athena Swan submission team, Newcastle University Business School
  • 02/2016 - 08/2016 (Interim) deputy head of economics, Newcastle University Business School
  • 07/2015 - 08/2016 Research Ethics Coordinator, Newcastle University Busi- ness 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),ex officio member of the Business School’s personal extenuating circumstances committee and the staff-student committee for economics
  • Internal subject review/Learning and teaching reviews: Chemistry (2014), Education (2015), Dentistry (2016), PG programmes in Medical Sciences (2018)
  • Programme approval panels: BA Film and Media (2014), MRes and MSc Sus- tainable 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- ongoing member of the Student Discretionary Award Forum, Newcastle University
  • various hiring committees/interview panels at Lueneburg (2008-2010) and Newcastle
  • 2008-2010 member of the faculty commission on research, Leuphana University Lueneburg


Research Interests

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

You can sum up most of my current work as "How do features of modern life, such as as immigration, globalisation, technology or austerity, influence people's life, how do they react to it and what can policy do about it?". At present, I work mainly on the following topics:

- the non-labour market impact of immigration and increased diversity on outcomes such as attitudes, education outcomes or public services, for example, schools, and housing markets

- the consequences of recent labour market changes and increasing inequality (caused by automation and globalisation) for outcomes such as political preferences or health

- causes and consequences of property prices in Britain, for example, the impact of immigration, crime risk, housing benefits, and ethnic diversity

- various topics around collective bargaining institutions and firm level outcomes across Europe.

Current Working Papers

  • "The impact of student diversity on student outcomes at university and beyond - Evidence from English administrative data'' (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle and Which?)
  • "Variable Pay and/or Collective Wage Bargaining? Are They Like Cats and Dogs?" (with Barbara Bechter and Bernd Brandl, both Durham University), revise and resubmit at Industrial and Labor Relations Review
  • "Housing subsidies and property prices: Evidence from England" (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle University/Which?), revise and resubmit at Regional Science and Urban Economics
  • "Spillovers between English primary schools -- Evidence from Ofsted inspections" (with John Wildman, Newcastle University), submitted
  • "Are immigrants a burden on public services? Evidence from English primary schools'' (with Muhammad Waqas, former PhD student at Newcastle, now York University, and John Wildman, Newcastle University), submitted
  • "Month of birth, individual expectations at the end of compulsory schooling and consequences for instrumental variable estimation of the link between education and wages'', submitted
  • "Individual or Collective Wage Agreements? To Be or Not to Be is Not the Question for Company Productivity'' (with Bernd Brandl, Durham), submitted
  • "Hybrid Collective Bargaining Systems and Performance: A Granular Analysis of the Effects of Bargaining Structures and Processes and the Implications for Policy Making'' (with Bernd Brandl, Durham), submitted
  • "The effect of house prices on the long-term care market: Evidence from England'' (with Volodymyr Bilotkach, Eduardo Gonzalo Almorox and John Wildman, all Newcastle University)
  • "Immigration, ethnic composition, co-location preferences and house prices: Evidence from England'' (with Pascal Mossay, Newcastle University)
  • "VAT Rebate As Trade Policy: Evidence from China'' (with Bo Gao, former PhD student at Newcastle, now Loughborough, and Sara Maioli, Newcastle University)
  • "Asian Gold -- Expected Returns to Crime and Thieves' Behaviour'' (with Arnaud Chevalier, Royal Holloway, and Tanya Wilson, University of Stirling)

Current projects (working titles)

“Contact with immigrants and individual attitudes towards immigration: Evidence from German street-level data” (with Daniel Schnitzlein, Leibniz University Hannover and DIW Berlin)

“Regional economic conditions and mortality: The role of offshoring and automation” (with Colin Green, Lancaster University)

“Automation, trade and voters’ decisions: Theory and evidence" (with Mich Tvede, University of East Anglia)

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), Field: Health Economics, “Analyses of health and health related policies in Turkey”, 01/2011 - 06/2015, funded by Turkish government, after PhD: Lecturer, Hacettepe University, Ankara

Muhammad Waqas (joint with John Wildman), Field: Labour Economics, “Investigating aspects of immigration and attitudes towards immigration in England and Wales”, 09/2011 - 12/2015, funded by Peter and Norah Lomas Scholarship in Economics, after PhD: Research Associate, InstEAD, Depart- ment of Economics, Sheffield University

Bo Gao (joint with Sara Maioli and Mich Tvede), Field: International economics, “Firm Exporting Behaviour and Trade Policy in China”, 09/2012 - 09/2016, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre, after PhD: Teaching Fel- low, Business School, Durham University

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

Saule Kemelbayeva (joint with John Wildman), 09/2016 - ongoing, Education and labour markets, funded by Kazakh government 

Ana Noveria (joint with Barbara Eberth and John Wildman), 09/2016 - on-going, Development policies and labour markets, funded by Indonesian government

Kerry Bray (joint with John Wildman), Labour Economics with focus on immigration, 09/2017 - ongoing, funded by NUBS scholarship



American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Applied Economics (2x), Applied Economics Letters, Applied Economics Quarterly (Special Issue ``The Internationalisation of Services''), BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, British Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Economic Policy,  Criminology, Economica (2x), Economic Inquiry (4x), Economic Journal (4x), Economics and Human Biology (2x), European Journal of Health Economics, Global Health Research and Policy, Health Economics (2x), International Economics and Economic Policy, International Journal of Human Resource Management (3x), International Journal of Manpower, International Migration Review, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik (9x), Journal of Demographic Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (3x), 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, Oxford Economic Papers, Review of Economics of the Household (2x), Schmollers Jahrbuch (7x), Small Business Economics, Social Science and Medicine (3x), Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment (2x), Urban Studies, World Bank Economic Review, Zeitschrift fuer ArbeitsmarktForschung/Journal for Labour Market Research (8x)

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

Project reports for Pro Bono Economics (2017)

External PhD examiner at Portsmouth

Conference presentations (* coauthor, ^ multiple papers)

  • Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2010*)
  • American Economic Association (2011)
  • European Association of Labour Economists (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017^)
  • European Economic Association (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
  • European Society for Population Economics (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017*)
  • Royal Economic Society (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016*)
  • Scottish Economic Society (2013, 2014, 2015^, 2016, 2017^)
  • 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, 2016/17)
  • 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, 2016/17)
  • Applied Econometrics (Lueneburg,  2009/10)
  • Empirics in a Nutshell (Lueneburg, 2008/09)