Professor Helen Simpson

Professor Helen Simpson

Professor Helen Simpson
Professor of Economics

The Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, Clifton
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Telephone Number (0117) 3317935

Department of Economics

Personal profile


Current affiliations

  • Research Affiliate, Centre for Economic Policy Research 2011–
  • Programme Director, Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation 2009–

Current editorial and academic activities

  • Associate Editor, Regional Science and Urban Economics 2018–
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Economic Geography 2017–
  • ESRC Grants Assessment Panel Member 2016–
  • Associate Editor, Fiscal Studies 2013–


Urban economics, productivity, and innovation.



EFIMM0031 Industrial and Managerial Economics, Postgraduate

Fields of interest

Urban economics, productivity, and innovation.

Latest publications

  1. Acker, D, Orujov, A & Simpson, H, 2018, ‘Political donations and political risk in the UK: Evidence from a closely-fought election’. Journal of Banking and Finance, vol 92., pp. 146-167
  2. Brülhart, M & Simpson, H, 2018, ‘Agglomeration economies, taxable rents and government capture: Evidence from a place-based policy’. Journal of Economic Geography, vol 18., pp. 319-353
  3. Neumark, D & Simpson, HD, 2015, ‘Place-based policies’. in: Gilles Duranton, JV Henderson, William Strange (eds) The Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics. Academic Press
  4. Crawford, C, Jin, W & Simpson, HD, 2013, ‘Productivity, investment and profits during the Great Recession: evidence from UK firms and workers’. Fiscal Studies, vol 34., pp. 153-177
  5. Simpson, H, 2012, ‘Investment abroad and labour adjustment at home: evidence from UK multinational firms’. Canadian Journal of Economics, vol 45., pp. 698 - 731
  6. Simpson, H, 2012, ‘How do firms' outward FDI strategies relate to their activity at home? Empirical evidence for the UK’. World Economy, vol 35., pp. 243 - 272
  7. Abramovsky, L, Battistin, E, Fitzsimons, E, Goodman, A & Simpson, H, 2011, ‘Providing employers with incentives to train low-skilled workers: evidence from the UK Employer Training Pilots’. Journal of Labor Economics, vol 29., pp. 153 - 193
  8. Abramovsky, L & Simpson, H, 2011, ‘Geographic proximity and firm-university innovation linkages: evidence from Great Britain’. Journal of Economic Geography, vol 11., pp. 949 - 977
  9. Griffith, R, Harrison, R & Simpson, H, 2010, ‘Product market competition, innovation and productivity growth’. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, vol 112., pp. 389 - 415
  10. Auerbach, A, Devereux, M & Simpson, H, 2010, ‘Taxing Corporate Income’. in: J Mirrlees, S Adam, T Besley, R Blundell, S Bond, R Chote, M Gammie, P Johnson, G Myles, J Poterba (eds) Dimensions of Tax Design. The Mirrlees Review. Oxford University Press
  11. Abramovsky, L, Kremp, E, Lopez, A, Schmidt, T & Simpson, H, 2009, ‘Understanding co-operative R&D activity: evidence from four European countries’. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, vol 18., pp. 243 - 265
  12. Griffith, R, Redding, S & Simpson, H, 2009, ‘Technological catch-up and geographic proximity’. Journal of Regional Science, vol 49(4)., pp. 689 - 720
  13. Simpson, H, 2009, ‘Productivity in public services’. Journal of Economic Surveys, vol 23., pp. 250 - 276
  14. Bernard, A, Redding, S, Schott, P & Simpson, H, 2008, ‘Relative wage variation and industry location in the United Kingdom’. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, vol 70., pp. 431 - 459
  15. Abramovsky, L, Harrison, R & Simpson, H, 2007, ‘University Research and the Location of Business R&D’. Economic Journal, vol 117 (519)., pp. C114 - C141
  16. Devereux, M, Griffith, R & Simpson, H, 2007, ‘Firm location decisions, regional grants and agglomeration externalities’. Journal of Public Economics, vol 91 (3-4)., pp. 413 - 435
  17. Devereux, M, Griffith, R & Simpson, H, 2004, ‘The geographic distribution of production activity in the UK’. Regional Science and Urban Economics, vol 34 (5)., pp. 533 - 564
  18. Griffith, R, Redding, S & Simpson, H, 2004, ‘Foreign ownership and productivity: new evidence from the service sector and the R&D lab’. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, vol 20(3)., pp. 440 - 456

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