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



Urban economics, productivity, and innovation.



EFIM20002 Applied Microeconomics, Undergraduate
EFIMM0031 Industrial and Managerial Economics, Postgraduate

Fields of interest

Empirical analysis of firm location decisions, productivity, innovation and the effects of foreign direct investment.

Latest publications

  1. Brulhart, M & Simpson, HD, 2018, ‘Agglomeration economies, taxable rents and government capture: evidence from a place-based policy ’. Journal of Economic Geography, vol 18., pp. 319-353
  2. Neumark, D & Simpson, HD, 2015, ‘Place-based policies’. in: Gilles Duranton, JV Henderson, William Strange (eds) The Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics. Elsevier/Academic Press:Amsterdam
  3. 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
  4. Simpson, H, 2012, ‘How do firms' outward FDI strategies relate to their activity at home? Empirical evidence for the UK’. The World Economy, vol 35., pp. 243 - 272
  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. 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
  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. Griffith, R, Harrison, R & Simpson, H, 2010, ‘Product market competition, innovation and productivity growth’. Scandinavian Journal of Economics, vol 112., pp. 389 - 415
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Griffith, R, Redding, S & Simpson, H, 2009, ‘Technological catch-up and geographic proximity’. Journal of Regional Science, vol 49(4)., pp. 689 - 720
  12. Simpson, H, 2009, ‘Productivity in public services’. Journal of Economic Surveys, vol 23., pp. 250 - 276
  13. 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
  14. Abramovsky, L, Harrison, R & Simpson, H, 2007, ‘University Research and the Location of Business R&D’. Economic Journal, vol 117 (519)., pp. C114 - C141
  15. 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
  16. 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
  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

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