Dr Jonathan James
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 513583
Room: Office 215 - 215
Second Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus

I mostly teach macroeconomics at both under- and post-graduate level, but I also lecture on mathematical economics and managerial economics and give classes on Mathematica software.

My research principally concerns the macroeconomic implications of economic agents differing in their information regarding the current state of the economy, and investigates whether authorities such as central banks should disclose their assessment of the economy in such situations. I’m also interested in the related issue of the optimal design of the monetary regime, a theme on which I focused during my spell as a junior fellow of the Royal Economic Society in academic year 2008-09. In addition, I’ve done work on the inflation and unemployment consequences of interaction between large unions and central banks, again with an emphasis on the regime-design and information-disclosure aspects.

The papers I’ve produced with Professor Phil Lawler in these fields have been published in a variety of journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking and Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization.

Persons interested in studying for a PhD in these branches of macroeconomics are encouraged to apply.

Supervisory topics:

Optimal monetary regime; macroeconomics; Central Bank Disclosure Policies; Unionized Economies

Areas of Expertise

  • Macroeconomics of information heterogeneity
  • unionized economy models


  1. James, J., Lawler, P. Optimal Transparency and Policy Intervention with Heterogeneous Signals and Information Stickiness The Manchester School
  2. James, J., Lawler, P. Heterogeneous private sector information, central bank disclosure, and stabilization policy Southern Economic Journal 82 2 620 634
  3. James, J., Lawler, P. Unions, monopolistic competition and the optimal monetary regime Metroeconomica 62 2 265 282
  4. James, J., Lawler, P. Union Objectives, Wage-Setting Externalities and Structural Constraints Ekonomia 13 1 16 35
  5. James, J., Lawler, P. Union objectives and indexation externalities in a monopolistically competitive economy Research in Economics 64 1 28

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  • MN-3001 Economics Independent Study Project

    The module offers the opportunity for final year students in Economics programmes to expand their research skills through the specification and conduct of an independent, but structured academic investigation. Such work is not only of educational value in its own right. The production of a good undergraduate dissertation and development of basic research skills is also an indicator of suitability for postgraduate study in Economics. The completed dissertation may also be of value as an example to potential employers of a student's abilities and skills in investigation and report preparation.

  • MN-3027 Mathematical Economics

    This module provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of mathematical tools used in the analysis of economic problems. The importance of these methods is demonstrated by their application to a range of traditional economic problems, for example, utility and profit maximisation.

  • MN-M567 Monetary Economics

    The module aims to cover many recent areas in monetary economics. The main focus of the module will be on inflation dynamics, monetary transmission mechanism, monetary policy.


  • Essays on Information, Coordination, and Monetary Policy (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Phillip Lawler
  • 'Three essays on investment and growth' (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Murphy
    Other supervisor: Dr Rosen Chowdhury