Annual North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Conference 2023

The annual Economics PhD conference of the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP) of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) was organised by the Economics group at the University of Liverpool. It took place on Thursday 25 – Friday 26 May at Blackburne House, Liverpool.

Over the two-day event, over 40 PhD students from across the North West region presented and discussed their work on macroeconomics, applied economics, theoretical economics, health economics, and more. Students also had the chance to network with students from different institutions and receive feedback on their work.

The presentations showed both the quality and variety of topics covered by students across the region, as discussions took place on the challenges faced by policymakers when interest rates are meagre to measure the role of climate shocks on human capital.

Dr Balázs Muraközy, Director of Studies of the PhD in Economics at the Management School, organised the annual conference and commented on the success of the event: "This conference highlighted how relevant and varied topics students at the three universities conduct, from challenges faced by policymakers when interest rates are very low, to measuring the role of climate shocks on human capital.

“It was also great to see how much students were interested in each other's research and how they interacted."

The NWSSDTP was established in 2017 and is a consortium of the University of Liverpool, Keele University, Lancaster University, and the University of Manchester. The aim of the partnership is to support postgraduate studentships and training in the social sciences.


Day One (Thursday 25 May) speakers include:

Session 1: Macroeconomics I

  • Ruoxi Cao (Liverpool): “Revisiting Aggregate Technological Shocks While Controlling for Varying Utilizations of Different Skill Levels”
  • Mohammad Vanaei (Manchester): “Evolutionary Finance: A Model with Endogenous Asset Payoffs”
  • Satyam Goel (Liverpool): “Intergenerational Distributional Impact of the Zero Lower Bound”


  • Matteo Caruso (Lancaster): “Effects of environmental regulations on high-skilled jobs: fuel efficiency and R&D personnel in the US automotive industry”
  • Hao Bai (Manchester): Dynamic Preference Foundations of Dichotomic Expected Exponentially-Discounted Utility”
  • Maria Plakhtieva (Manchester): “Measuring the gains of the participation of compatible pairs in Kidney Exchange Program at the level of a single centre”
  • Lucia Contreras (Manchester): “Notches vs Kinks: Distortion and Complexity in Non-Linear Tax Systems”
  • Alessandra Hidalgo Arestegui (Lancaster): “Intergenerational effects of conflict on non-cognitive skills: Evidence from Peru”
  • Jinghan Chen (Manchester): “Carbon Footprint, Healthiness Information and Food Choices”

Session 2: Applied Economics I

  • Utsa Banerjee (Lancaster): “Can a trade policy change labour force participation of women’ - Evidence from Chile”
  • Luke Walsh (Liverpool): “Incentives for Compliance and the Effect of Pay Transparency Laws”
  • Adrian Nicholas Gachet (Manchester): Property rights and future orientation: Evidence from public land distributions

Session 3: Theoretical and Applied Economics

  • Chi Chong Leong (Manchester): “Revisiting the Allais Paradox”
  • Tien Nguyen (Liverpool): “Privacy and Digital Economy”
  • Nathan Nabil (Lancaster): “What Drives Dynamic Inconsistencies in Risky Choice? An Experimental Approach”
  • Usama Jamal (Manchester): “Behavioural Responses to Anti-Tax Avoidance Measures”


Day Two (Friday 26 May) speakers include:

Session 4: Health Economics

  • Joseph Richardson (Lancaster): “Health Risks and Labour Supply: Evidence from the COVID-19 Pandemic”
  • Safaa Basabreen (Liverpool): “The Effect of Subjective Well-Being on Savings Behaviour”
  • Cansu Oymak (Lancaster): “Can refugees improve native children's health? Evidence from Turkey”

Session 5: Macroeconomics II

  • Yuchen Su (Liverpool): “The Welfare Benefit Role of Financial Transaction Tax with Limited Commitment”
  • Yevhenii Skok (Liverpool): “Estimating DSGE Models with the Effective Lower Bound for the UK”
  • Weiran Cao (Liverpool): “Household Borrowing, Financial Shocks and the Labor Wedge”


  • Yue Yu (Manchester): “Environmental Regulation, Innovation and Performance: Empirical Evidence from Manufacturing Sectors across OECD Countries”
  • Giorgio Maarraoui (Manchester): “Weather Shocks, Production, and Productivity of Nigerian Farms”
  • Rubab Ahmed (Lancaster): “Parental Health and Child Educational Outcomes”
  • Lucas Morissette (Manchester): “Bargaining and Bilateral Environmental Agreements: Suppressing Greening Electorates”
  • Sara Alqhtani (Lancaster): “The sectoral analysis of public investment and its components in OECD countries”

Session 5: Applied Economics II

  • Carol Zihan Yin (Liverpool): “Lost in Information Overload: How Prepaid Card Companies Exploit Consumer Inattention in Pricing”
  • Krishna Brijmohun (Manchester): “House UK households faced a 'heating-vs-eating' trade-off due to rising prices?”
  • Gerry McQuade (Lancaster): “Intergenerational consequences of early life climate shocks on offspring human capital”

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