Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Nils Braakmann

Professor of Economics



I'm a Professor of Economics. My work focuses on the empirical microeconomics, typically using 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. I am also currently an elected member of Newcastle University's Senate. 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.

See here for further information, here for google scholar profile and 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

Administration, editorships, etc.


  • 08/2019 - 07/2022 elected member of Senate, Newcastle University 
  • 06/2017 - Co-Editor, International Journal for Re-Views in Empirical Economics (IREE), an open access journal focused on replication studies and descriptions of new micro data sets 
  • 04/2017 - Member of the council, Scottish Economic Society
  • 2013 - ongoing member of the Student Discretionary Award Forum, Newcastle University

  • 05/2016 - 02/2020 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 - 2018 Member of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee / part of the Athena Swan submission team, Newcastle University Business School
  • 04/2017 - 09/2018 Acting (until 11/2017) and joint head of economics (with Bartosz Gebka), 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, \emph{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 review panels: Chemistry (2014), Education (2015), Dentistry (2016), Faculty of Medical Sciences Postgraduate programmes (2018)
  • 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), MRes and PG Cert in Geospatial Data Science (2019)
  • various hiring committees/interview panels at Lueneburg (2008-2010) and Newcastle, ranging from Teaching Fellows to the Director of the Business School
  • 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

- various topics around education in the UK - the effects of increased diversity at university, peer effects in higher education, Ofsted inspections, etc.

- 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 Work in Progress 

1. “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)
2. “VAT Rebate As Trade Policy: Evidence from China” (with Bo Gao, former PhD student at Newcastle, now Loughborough, and Sara Maioli, Newcastle University), revise and resubmit at China Economic Review
3. “Does Sustainability Reporting Affect University Reputation? Evidence from UK Higher Education Sector” (with Rasha Ashraf Abdelbadie and Aly Salama, Newcastle University)
4. “The impact of student diversity on student outcomes at university - Evidence from English administrative data” (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle and Which?)
5. “Do ethnic minority students benefit from the presence of other minority stu- dents? Evidence from English administrative data” (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle and Which?)
6. “Susceptibility to automation and job-loss fears – are at-risk workers worried (and should they be)?”
7. “Individual or Collective Wage Agreements? To Be or Not to Be is Not the Question for Company Productivity” (with Bernd Brandl, Durham)
8. “Are immigrants a burden on public services? Evidence from English primary schools” (with Muhammad Waqas, former PhD student at Newcastle, now University of York, and John Wildman, Newcastle University)
9. “Asian Gold – Expected Returns to Crime and Thieves’ Behaviour” (with Arnaud Chevalier, Royal Holloway, and Tanya Wilson, University of Stirling)
10. “Spillovers between English primary schools – Evidence from Ofsted inspections” (with John Wildman, Newcastle University)

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

  1. 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, currently Assistant Professor, Sağlık Bilimleri Üniversitesi Rektörlüğü
  2. 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, Department of Economics, Sheffield University, currently: Lecturer in Economics, University of Bradford
  3. 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 Fellow, Business School, Durham University, currently: Lecturer in Economics, Loughborough University
  4. Erin Graybill (joint with Sara Maioli), Trade and labour markets, 09/2014 - ongoing, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre 
  5. Eduardo Gonzalo Almorox (joint with Volodymyr Bilotkach and John Wildman), ``Essays on the empirical economics of long term care'', 09/2015 - 06/2019, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre, after PhD: Data Scientists, International Olympic Committee
  6. Saule Kemelbayeva (joint with John Wildman), 09/2016 - ongoing, Education and labour markets, funded by Kazakh government 
  7. Ana Noveria (joint with Barbara Eberth and John Wildman), 09/2016 - on-going, Development policies and labour markets, funded by Indonesian government
  8. Kerry Bray (joint with John Wildman), Labour Economics with focus on immigration, 09/2017 - ongoing, funded by NUBS scholarship
  9. Paul Taylor (joint with John Sessions), Automation and job quality. 03/2019 - ongoing, funded via Goldman endowment
  10. Liangxun Xie (joint with Smriti Sharma), Labour economics with a focus on wage inequality, 09/2019 - ongoing, unded by Peter and Norah Lomas Scholarship in Economics
  11. Yemi Oyedeji (joint with Roberto Bonilla and Barbara Eberth), School quality, 09/2019 - ongoing



Aggression and Violent Behavior, American Economic Journal: Applied Eco- nomics, Applied Economics (2x), Applied Economics Letters, Applied Eco- nomics Quarterly (Special Issue “The Internationalisation of Services”), BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy (2x), British Journal of Sociology 2(x), Contemporary Economic Policy, Criminology, Demography, Economica (3x), Economic Inquiry (4x), Economic Journal (4x), Economics and Human Biology (2x), European Journal of Health Economics, Economics of Educa- tion Review, Education Economics, Global Health Research and Policy (2x), Health Economics (2x), International Economics and Economic Policy, Inter- national Journal of Human Resource Management (3x), International Journal of Manpower, International Migration Review, IZA Journal of Labor Eco- nomics, Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik (10x), Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Demographic Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (5x), Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Economic Psychology (3x), Journal of Health Economics (5x), Journal of Hous- ing Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Research (2x), Journal of Population Economics (2x), Journal of Public Economics (2x), Jour- nal of Regional Science (2x), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Labour, Labour Economics (5x), Manchester School, Oxford Economic Pa- pers, Political Studies, Real Estate Economics (2x), Regional Science and Urban Economics, Review of Economics of the Household (2x), Schmollers Jahrbuch (7x), Small Business Economics, Social Science and Medicine (3x), Southern Economic Journal, Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment (2x), Urban Studies, World Bank Economic Review, Zeitschrift fuer Arbeitsmarkt- Forschung/Journal for Labour Market Research (8x)

Grant awarding bodies, other
EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre, ESRC (3x), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Veni grant, 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*)
  • Verein fuer Socialpolitik (German Economic Association) (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Royal Economic Society (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016*, 2019*) Scottish Economic Society (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 , 2017 )
  • European Society for Population Economics (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017*)
  • Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association (2020*) European Economic Association (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
  • European Association of Labour Economists (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 , 2018*)
  • American Economic Association (2011)
  • 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


Current PhD teaching

I teach a specialised course on causal inference and quasi-experimental methods. I also co-teach (with John Wildman) a course on applied microeconometrics.

Full list of present/past courses:

  • Economic Applications (Newcastle, 2012/12, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20)
  • 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, 2017/18)
  • 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, 2017/18, 2019/20; Lueneburg 2008/09, 2014/15; HEFCE 05/2017)
  • Applied Microeconometrics (Newcastle, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17)
  • Applied Econometrics (Lueneburg,  2009/10)
  • Empirics in a Nutshell (Lueneburg, 2008/09)