Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Sara Maioli

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Background

Introduction

I am an applied economist with expertise in firm-level data. My research interests relate to applying micro-econometrics techniques to issues in international economics, trade, labour and international business, applied industrial organisation, SMEs, Chinese firms and rural businesses. Examples of topics I have investigated include investment under uncertainty and irreversibility; exporting and FDI; firms' inventories; spatial differences in productivity; international trade via air cargo; markups estimation under different market structure assumptions.

I joined Newcastle University Business School in October 2006 as a lecturer in Economics.

After gaining a Laurea in Economia e Commercio (Economics and Business) with summa cum laude at the University of Brescia (Italy) I gained an MSc in Economics at the University of Glasgow under the Scottish Doctoral Programme and a PhD in Economics (passed with no corrections) at the University of Strathclyde. I also held the following positions:

  • Nov. 2003-Sept. 2006: Research fellow, Leverhulme Centre for Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP), University of Nottingham.
  • Sept. 2002-Dec. 2002: Research Fellow, Ente Einaudi, Rome.


Admin

Since Sept. 2019:  PhD students selector and convenor for Economics.

I previously held the following positions at NUBS: Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2016-19), Deputy Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2015-16) and Degree Programme Director for the MSc in International Economics and Finance (2012-15).

 Other Duties

Elected member of Newcastle University Council (elected by Senate): 2017-20

Elected member of Newcastle University Senate, 2014-17.

Senate's representative on the NU Rankings and Reputation Special Interest Group, Jan-Jul 2017.

I am NOT a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Business and Social Sciences or the International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology. These 'Journals' are not authorised to use my name and refused to remove it from their website. The story has been covered in the media by the Times Higher Education:

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=420731 

Other Expertise

2019: External Assessor for UG and PGT programmes at Surrey Business School.

2015: Invited visiting professor at Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara.

2009-2010: I taught a short course on Globalisation and Foreign Direct Investments at the summer school "SME's growth as a condition for success in the EU and in the global economy. The experience of the district of Brescia" jointly organised by the University of Brescia, Universitate de Vest Timisoara and the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture of Timisoara.  

2008-2009: Visiting lecturer in International Finance at Grenoble School of Management.

2002-2007: Visiting lecturer in micro and business economics, Groupe Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Toulouse (Toulouse Business School).

2006: Short-Term EU Expert in Romania for the project ref. EuropAid/120943/D/SV/RO ‘Strengthening the Administrative Capacity of the Romanian Parliament’.

In the Media

Interviewed on 9th August 2019 by Stephen Nolan for BBC Radio 5, programme Live, and by Rebecca O'Neill for BBC Radio Newcastle about the UK GDP and the impact of the latest figures, which show that during the second quarter of 2019 the UK economy shrank for the first time since 2012.

Interviewed on 1st March 2019 by Radio 4 for the Today programme on the impact of a no-deal Brexit in the North East  of England and the future prospects for the local economy.

Mentioned in this article by the Chronicle, reporting the event organised by the Bank of England Agency for the North East that took place at Newcastle University Business School on 17th September 2018, in which I gave a talk on why UK wage growth is so weak despite unemployment being at a historical low level.

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/workers-pay-set-grow-slowly-15168971

Interviewed by the Italian TV channel Retequattro, on 24th October 2016 on the topic of Brexit for the documentary "Arrivederci Londra", programme Terra!  [in Italian]:

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/terra/full/arrivederci-londra-24-ottobre_657449.html#

I wrote the following commentaries regarding the US election of Trump:

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2017/01/trumpinauguration/

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/news/2016/11/uselectionscommentandanalysis/#hp-banner


Research

Google Scholar Profile here                                  Research Gate Profile here


Recent research Grants

2019:

·         Principal Investigator for "Spatial disparities for SMEs productivity in England" funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). £5,000.

2018:

·         Co-investigator for an AHRC grant to establish the Centre of Excellence for Policy and Evidence in the Creative Industries led by NESTA. With the Workstrand 5 based at Newcastle University we work on the internationalisation of the UK Creative Industries with an awarded amount £370,619.99. Start date November 2018, duration 5 years.

·         Co-investigator for an ESRC Productivity Insights Network Small Project, £9,999.76

2016:

·         Co-investigator for “Start-up Phase of Rural Enterprise UK”, £43,250 from SAgE HEIF (Higher Education Innovation Fund), Newcastle University;

·         Co-investigator for “Secondary Analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey”, £6987 from UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

 

Research Impact

Our article Phillipson et al. (2018) is cited by the House of Lords Rural Economy Committee Report: Time for a Strategy for the Rural Economy, House of Lords Library Briefings, 30th August 2019.

My work done with the Rural Enterprise UK (REUK) team underpinned the following HM Government’s Industrial Strategy blog entry: https://industrialstrategy.blog.gov.uk/2019/06/21/how-should-delivery-of-the-uk-industrial-strategy-embrace-rural-economies/

My work done with the REUK team was mentioned by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) at page 95 in the Statistical Digest for Rural England, August 2017 Edition, becoming therefore official statistics.

  

Research Interests

I am an applied economist with expertise in firm-level data. My research interests relate to international economics, trade and labour, applied microeconometrics, international business, SMEs and rural businesses.

I am also affiliated to the Rural Enterprise UK. See below our recent output:

·         Turner, Roger, Jeremy Phillipson, Matthew Gorton, Pattanapong Tiwasing, Paul Cowie, Sara Maioli and Robert Newbery, “Progressing Rural Contributions to the UK Industrial Strategy”, Rural Economy and Land Use Policy and Practice Note no. 8, Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University, September 2019.

·         Tiwasing, Pattanapong, Matthew Gorton, Jeremy Phillipson, Sara Maioli, Robert Newbery, "Spatial Variations in SME Productivity", Productivity Insight Network Report, April 2019.

·         Phillipson, Jeremy, Roger Turner, Pattanapong Tiwasing, Matthew Gorton, Sara Maioli, Robert Newbery, "Rural Economies and the UK Industrial Strategy", Rural Economy and Land Use Policy and Practice Note no. 6, Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University, July 2018.

·         Phillipson, Jeremy, Roger Turner, Matthew Gorton, Sara Maioli, Robert Newbery, Pattanapong Tiwasing, "What's holding rural businesses back?", Rural Economy and Land Use Policy and Practice Note no. 2, Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University, November 2017.

·         Phillipson, Jeremy, Matthew Gorton, Sara Maioli, Robert Newbery, Pattanapong Tiwasing, Roger Turner, “Small Rural Firms in English Regions: Analysis and Key findings from UK Longitudinal Small Business Survey, 2015”, CRE and Newcastle University Business School, updated version September 2017.

·         Phillipson, Jeremy, Matthew Gorton, Sara Maioli, Robert Newbery, Pattanapong Tiwasing, Roger Turner, “Rural business aspirations, obstacles and support: an analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey 2015”, Enterprise Research Centre Research Paper 58, Warwick University, February 2017.

 

Other older working papers: 

 

·         Maioli, Sara, Ben Ferrett, Sourafel Girma and Holger Görg “The Market Disciplining Effects of FDI: Does the Mode of Entry Matter?”, GEP WP No. 2006/16, University of Nottingham.

·         Maioli, Sara, “The Impact of Market Structure and Irreversibility on Investment under Uncertainty: An Empirical Analysis”, GEP WP No. 2005/45), University of Nottingham.

·         Maioli, Sara, “A Joint Estimation of Markups and Returns to Scale in 30 French manufacturing industries: A Structural Approach”, ETSG 2004 Conference paper.

 

PhD student supervision

I welcome proposals from prospective PhD students in the following broad areas: international economics (i.e. both international trade and international finance), trade agreements, foreign direct investment, firms’ performance (in particular productivity, innovation, exporting), internationalisation of creative firms, Chinese firms, rural firms. Get in touch if you want more specific ideas to develop a proposal under my supervision. You need to have reasonable econometrics skills at master level.

Completed

·         Bo Gao (ESRC funded; "Firms Exporting Behaviour and Trade Policy in China", co-supervised with Dr Nils Braakmann and Prof Mich Tvede), now lecturer in Economics at Loughborough University, UK.

·         Muhammad Siddique (awarded 2014, "Exploring the Linkages between High Performance Work Systems and Organizational Performance: the Role of Relational Coordination in the Banking Sector in Pakistan", co-supervised with Prof Stephen Procter), now lecturer in HRM at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

·         Hany Eldemerdash (awarded 2013, "The Effects of Fiscal Policy on the Current Account: Econometric Analysis of Developing Countries", co-supervised with Dr Hugh Metcalf), now lecturer in Economics at Tanta University, Egypt.

On-going

·         Erin Graybill (ESRC funded; co-supervised with Dr Nils Braakmann) 

·         Mohd. Khairul Rafiz Ramli (co-supervised with Prof Giorgio Fazio)

·         Nichola Williams (ESRC funded; co-supervised with Dr Smriti Sharma)

·         Muharrem Cevik (co-supervised with Prof Giorgio Fazio and Dr Wessel Vermeulen)

 

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Economics of Development (ECO3024)

Postgraduate Teaching

International Trade (NBS8256)

 

 Office Hours

I don't hold fixed office hours (based on many years' experience they can't accommodate different timetables across several programmes) but I am happy to see students around their timetable. Please however drop me an email in advance to arrange a mutually suitable appointment.

 

Past teaching

International Finance

Advanced Topics in International Trade 

International Economics

British Economy

Fair Trade  

European Economy 

plus a variety of seminar teaching (maths, globalisation, introductory micro and macro)

Publications