The Art and Practice of Economics Research
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The Art and Practice of Economics Research

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

The Art and Practice of Economics Research provides an in-depth look into the research methods of leading economists from across the United States and Europe. This innovative volume contains 25 interviews with practicing economists, presenting insightful personal accounts into an often-misunderstood field.
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Chapter: Richard Blundell (University College, London)

Simon W. Bowmaker


Richard Blundell was born in Shoreham, England in 1952 and graduated with a BSc in economics and statistics from the University of Bristol in 1973 before obtaining an MSc in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics in 1975. Between 1975 and 1984, he was a Lecturer in Econometrics at the University of Manchester before moving to University College, London, where he currently serves as the David Ricardo Chair of Political Economy. Since 1986, he has been Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where he is also Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy. Professor Blundell’s research interests are microeconometrics, labor supply, savings and consumption, household behavior, taxation, and public economics. His most-cited articles in chronological order include ‘An Exogeneity Test for a Simultaneous Equation Tobit Model with an Application to Labor Supply’, Econometrica (1986), co-authored with Richard Smith, ‘Quadratic Engel Curves and Consumer Demand’, Review of Economics and Statistics (1997), co-authored with James Banks and Arthur Lewbel, ‘Initial Conditions and Moment Restrictions in Dynamic Panel Data Models’, Journal of Econometrics (1998), co-authored with Stephen 66 Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Bowmaker-Art_and_Practice_Economics_Research / Division: 04Blundell /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 20/8 JOBNAME: Bowmaker PAGE: 2 SESS: 3 OUTPUT: Thu Aug 23 16:50:48 2012 Richard Blundell 67 Bond, ‘Market Share, Market Value and Innovation in a Panel of British Manufacturing Firms’, Review of Economic Studies (1999), co-authored with Rachel Griffiths and John Van...

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