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Dr Lucy Barros

Lecturer, Economics

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Lucy’s research interests lie in applied macroeconomics, economic growth and political economy.

Some of her recent work looks at local government finance in China and its relationship to growth and regional inequality. This research is part of an international project on shadow banking and the Chinese economy. Lucy is a Co-Investigator on the project funded by the ESRC, Newton Fund and National Natural Science Foundation China. She collaborates on this with researchers from Fudan University and Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in China, and from Cardiff Business School and Manchester University in the UK.

Other projects in progress relate to the interactions of monetary policy with wealth and consumption inequality, and with the housing market.

Lucy’s earlier published work investigates the effects of innovation policy on UK output and productivity over time, using simulation-based econometrics (indirect inference).

Students interested in studying for a PhD in applied macroeconomics are encouraged to apply.

Lucy graduated from Oxford University in 2007 and holds a PhD in Economics from Cardiff University, funded by an ESRC Open Competition Award. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at Cardiff University in 2015 before joining Swansea Economics Department as Lecturer in December 2016.

She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a PGCert in Higher Education from Swansea University.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Applied macroeconomics
  • DSGE modelling
  • Economic growth

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Since 2009 Lucy has taught a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, including advanced macroeconomic theory, economic growth and development, time series econometrics, and UK economic policy.

Her current teaching focuses on macroeconomic theory, public policy and political economy.