Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Nils Braakmann

Professor of Economics



I'm a Professor of Economics. My work focuses on 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: I am on sabbatical during the academic year 2020/21. I am principally in Newcastle though and happy to meet with whoever wants to meet - just send me an email to agree a time and mode.


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

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

10/2016 - 2018 Member of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee / part of the 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, New- castle 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 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)

2013- ongoing member of the Student Discretionary Award Forum, Newcastle University

various hiring committees/interview panels for academic and professional staff 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.

Current Work in Progress 

  1. “Immigration status uncertainty and mental health – Evidence from Brexit”, revised and resubmitted

  2. “Austerity, welfare cuts and hate crime: Evidence from the UK’s Age of Austerity” (with Kerr yBray, former PhD student, and John Wildman, Newcastle), under review

  3. “Do ethnic minority students benefit from the presence of other minority students? Evidence from English administrative data” (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle and Which?), under review

  4. “Does Sustainability Reporting Affect University Reputation? Evidence from UK Higher Education Sector” (with Rasha Ashraf Abdelbadie, University of Dundee, and Aly Salama, Northumbria University)

  5. “The impact of student diversity on student outcomes at university - Evidence from English administrative data” (with Stephen McDonald, Newcastle and Which?)

  6. “Asian Gold – Expected Returns to Crime and Thieves’ Behaviour” (with Arnaud Chevalier, Royal Holloway, and Tanya Wilson, University of Glasgow)

  7. “Does stop and search reduce crime? Evidence from street-level data and a surge in operations following a high-profile crime”, under review

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 some level of 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 (and you honestly don't want me to supervise this sort of stuff either as I wouldn't have a clue).

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, University of Health Sciences, Istanbul
  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. Eduardo Gonzalo Almorox (joint with Volodymyr Bilotkach and John Wildman), Field: Health/IO, “Essays on the empirical economics of long term care”, 09/2015 - 06/2019, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre, after PhD/currently: Data Scientist, International Olympic Committee
  5. Ana Noveria (joint with Barbara Eberth and John Wildman), Field: Development/Labour/Health, “Empirical Analysis of Labour, Education, and Health-related Policies in Indonesia”, 09/2016 - 07/2020, funded by Indonesian government, after PhD/currently: Lecturer, School of Business and Management Institute Teknologi Bandung
  6. Saule Kemelbayeva (joint with John Wildman), Field: Education/Labour, “Access and returns to education in Kazakhstan”, 09/2016 - ongoing (viva passed 08/2020), funded by Kazakh government, after PhD/currently: Dean, Higher School of Economics, M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University
  7. Erin Graybill (joint with Sara Maioli), Field: International/Labour, Trade and labour markets, 09/2014 - ongoing, funded by ESRC doctoral training centre
  8. Kerry Bray (joint with John Wildman), Field: Immigration/Labour, “Attitudes to immigration in times of crisis: Austerity, cuts, and media attention”, 9/2017 - ongoing, funded by NUBS scholarship
  9. Paul Taylor (joint with John Sessions), Field: Labour, Automation and job quality. 03/2019 - ongoing, funded via Goldman endowment
  10. Yemi Oyedeji (joint with Roberto Bonilla and Barbara Eberth), Field: Education/Urban, School quality, 09/2019 - ongoing
  11. Liangxun Xie (joint with Smriti Sharma), Labour economics with a focus on wage inequality, 09/2019 - ongoing, funded by Peter and Norah Lomas Scholarship in Economics



Aggression and Violent Behavior, 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 (2x), British Journal of Sociology (2x), 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 Education Review, Education Economics, Global Health Research and Policy (2x), Health Economics (2x), Housing Policy Debate, International Economics and Economic Policy, International Journal of Human Resource Management (4x), International Journal of Manpower (2x), International Migration Review, IZA Journal of Labor Economics, 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 Housing Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Labor Research (2x), Journal of Population Economics (2x), Journal of Public Economics (2x), Journal of Regional Science (2x), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Labour, Labour Economics (5x), Manchester School, Oxford Economic Papers, Paper in Regional Science, 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 (2x), World Bank Economic Review, Zeitschrift fuer ArbeitsmarktForschung/Journal for Labour Market Research (9x)

Grant awarding bodies, other activities

Grants: EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre, ESRC (3x), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Veni grant, Scottish Economic Society small grant

PhD applications for ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Project reports for Pro Bono Economics (2017)

External examiner for PhD at Portsmouth University (2016)

External examiner UG Economics programmes, University of Aberdeen (09/2019 -)

Conference presentations (* coauthor, ^ multiple papers)

Academy of Management Annual Meeting (2010*)

American Economic Association (2011)

Asian and Australasian Society of Labour Economics (2019*)

European Association of Labour Economists (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 , 2018*)

Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association (2020*) European Economic Association (2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2020)

European Society for Population Economics (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017*)

Royal Economic Society (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016*, 2019*) 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

ECO3008 Advanced Econometric Analysis

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:

  • Advanced Econometric Analysis (Newcastle, 2020/21)
  • 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)