The 2018 Guest faculty

Johannes Abeler – University of Oxford

Johannes is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Tutorial Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. After studies of Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, he completed a PhD in Economics at the University of Bonn and then moved to the University of Nottingham. He joined Oxford in 2011 and is teaching mainly Public Economics and Microeconomics. In his research, he applies insights from behavioural and experimental economics to questions in labour and public economics. His research has studied the economic effects of honesty, disappointment, fairness, complexity, and fungibility.

Brian Bell – King’s College, London

Brian Bell is a University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Economics at Lady Margaret Hall.  He is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He completed his DPhil in Economics at Nuffield College, Oxford in 1996 but since then has spent most of his career outside of academia. He worked as an Economist and Proprietary Trader for a number of Hedge Funds and Investment Banks in London and also spent time at the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of England. He resumed his academic career in 2009 and now focuses on issues of pay at the top of the earnings distribution (focused particularly on Bankers and CEOs) and on the economics of crime.

Cameron Hepburn – University of Oxford

Cameron Hepburn is an economist with over a decade’s experience working on environmental and climate change issues, with particular interests in the theory and implementation of emissions trading, the economics and ethics of cost-benefit analysis, and the economics of apparently irrational individual behaviour. He has advised various governments and international institutions on environmental and climate policy, and has worked with a range of private sector clients on environmental and climate strategy. He currently holds Fellowships at Oxford University (New College and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment) and is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (Grantham Research Institute). He is also a member of the UK Defra Academic Panel and the Ofgem  Environmental Economists Panel,  an Associate  Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, and is a co-founder and Director of Climate Bridge Ltd  and Vivid Economics Ltd.  He holds a D.Phil. and an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and first class degrees in Law and Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Garrick Hileman – Cambridge University

Garrick is senior researcher associate at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and a researcher at the LSE’s Centre for Macroeconomics. Garrick is best known for his research on financial and monetary innovation, particularly distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and cryptocurrencies. His teaching at the University of Cambridge includes developing the UK’s first university course on blockchain technology. Prior to turning to academia Garrick worked for 15+ years in the private sector with both start-ups and established companies such as Bank of America, The Home Depot, IDG, and Allianz. Garricks technology experience includes co-founding a San Francisco-based tech incubator, IT strategy consulting for multinationals, and founding MacroDigest. Garrick has a BA in Accounting and International Political Economy from the University of Washington and a PhD in Economic History from the LSE.

Robert Joyce – Institute for Fiscal Studies

Robert Joyce is a Research Economist in the Direct Tax and Welfare sector. His main research interests are in the evolution of living standards, the design of the tax and benefit system, and the relationship between the two. He has been involved in several recent and current projects that attempt to simulate future levels of poverty and average incomes in the UK. Other work has focused on the determinants and consequences of children’s early developmental indicators. Current research looks at whether parental marital status has any causal impact on children’s cognitive and social skills; and whether early mental health problems have significant economic impacts later in life.

Scott Livermore – Oxford Economics Ltd

Scott Livermore is the Managing Director of Macro Consulting at Oxford Economics Ltd and the COO at Oxford Economics USA. Scott oversees the day-to-day running of Oxford Economics’ international macroeconomic forecasting services. This involves supervising Oxford Economics’ team of forecasters and taking a lead role in directing the outlook at a global level, while ensuring consistency between the individual country forecasts. After completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University and a M.Sc. in Economics at University College London, Scott joined Oxford Economic Fore- casting in 1997, where he previously filled the roles of senior economist and country analyst for a number of European countries and participated in numerous consultancy projects for a variety of international organisations (including the World Bank, IMF and EC), governments and multi-national companies.

Dan Maldoon – Dotecon

Dr Dan Maldoon is a partner of the economic consultancy DotEcon, who design and implement auctions and market mechanisms around the world and assist bidders in high-stakes auctions. DotEcon has run all the UK’s spectrum auctions since 2000 and was responsible for the design and implementation of the Indian 3G auction. DotEcon has pioneered the application of combinatorial auctions to spectrum allocation. It has also been involved in novel applications of auctions, including within energy, transport and central banking. Before founding DotEcon in 1999, Dan was a University Lecturer in Economics at Oxford and has a DPhil from Nuffield College.

David P. Myatt – London Business School

David is a Professor at London Business School. He was educated at the London School of Economics, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Oxford University. He specialises in game theory: the scientific analysis of strategic decision-making. He applies this work to the fields of microeconomics, industrial economics, the economics of new technologies, political science and evolutionary biology.  His current major  research topics include the analysis of advertising, marketing, and product design strategies; the role of secondary trading markets such as eBay; analysis of cabinet governance; new theories of leadership; theories and empirical analysis of voter turnout and tactical voting; game-theory applications in macroeconomics; and the study of collective-action problems.

Alexei Parakhonyak – University of Oxford

Alexei is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Tutorial Fellow at Lincoln College, University of Oxford. After studies of Mathematical Methods in Economics, he worked in the financial modelling group in Deloitte. He completed his PhD in 2010 at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute and then moved to Higher School of Economics, Moscow. Alexei joined Oxford in 2015 where his research focuses on Industrial Organization, with a focus on consumer search theory and information asymmetries in consumer markets.

Michalis Rousakis – University of Oxford

Michalis is a Career Development Fellow at the Department of Economics and a Fellow of Merton College at the University of Oxford. Prior to Oxford, he completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick in 2012 and spent two years as a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence afterwards. His research interests lie in Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics and his current research explores the interaction between the labour market and the housing market.

Peter Sinclair – University of Birmingham

Peter has been Professor of Economics at the University of Birmingham since 1994. Prior to that he was a fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford for over twenty years. During his time at Oxford, Peter was a long-serving tutor at OUBEP. He has published widely on a range of economic subjects, including the optimal rate of inflation, central bank independence, the costs and benefits of monetary union, and international trade policy. Peter previously headed the Bank of England’s Centre for Central Banking Studies and served as consultant to the Financial Services Authority, the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Labor. He holds a BA in PPE and a MPhil and a DPhil in economics from Oxford.

John Thanassoulis – Warwick University


John is a Professor of Financial Economics at Warwick University Business School. Until 2013 he was a University Lecturer in Economics at Oxford and also a former OUBEP senior tutor. John is a member of the UK Competition Commission Academic Panel, Treasurer of the Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (charity number 288585), and was a Non-Executive Director of Oxford Investment Partners (OXIP) until its successful acquisition. John was educated at both Oxford and Cambridge, studying Mathematics followed by Economics. John is an economic theorist specialising in the scientific analysis of strategic decision making. He applies these tools to the fields of Executive Pay, Finance and Financial Stability, and Industrial Organization. His current major research projects include the link between bankers’ pay and financial stability; the case for forced deferral of executive bonuses; credit constraints and firm performance; the analysis of strategic pricing for example in multimedia markets; buyer and supplier power in supermarket supply chains; and the analysis of consumer bargaining. After completion of his academic studies, and before returning to academia in 2004, John worked first in the telecommunications industry and then as an antitrust consultant. His antitrust and strategy work has covered sectors including finance, advertising, fmcg and transport. He explains current economic issues on radio and TV.