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Centre for Macroeconomic and Labour Economics (MaLEc)

Centre for Macroeconomic and Labour Economics (MaLEc)

MaLEc is Royal Holloway’s focal point for research, events and PhD training dedicated to research on macroeconomics and the interaction between the macroeconomy and the labour market. Particular strengths of the Centre include the study of financial frictions and of labour market frictions.



Jesper Bagger - Reader in Economics

Manolis Galenianos - Professor of Economics, Centre Director

Tomohiro Hirano - Associate Professor in Economics

Andrew Mountford - Professor of Economics

Nicolas Roys - Senior Lecturer in Economics

Ija Trapeznikova - Senior Lecturer in Economics

Jonathan Wadsworth - Professor of Economics 

PhD Students

Michael Simmons - PhD Candidate


A list of recent publications can be found here

MaLEc co-organises the Economics Department Applied Seminar (together with the Economic Department's Research Centre for the Economics of the Household) and the Search and Matching Webinar (together with the Economics Departments at the University of Bristol and the University of Essex). 

Department Applied Seminar

Spring Term 2021

Date Speaker Institution Topic
20-Jan Vicenzo Boze Warwick tba
3-Feb Seema Jayachandran Northwestern tba
10-Feb Abdoulaye Ndiaye NYU tba
17-Feb Tommaso Porzio Columbia tba
24-Feb Weilong Zang Cambridge tba
3-Mar Gadi Barlevy Chicago Fed tba
10-Mar Selim Gulesci Trinity College Dublin tba
17-Mar Guillaume Plantin Science Po tba
24-Mar Jan De Loecker KU Leuven tba

Summer term 2021

Date Speaker Institution Topic
02-Jul Greg Veramendi LMU tba

If you would like to attend the weekly applied seminar series or would like further information, please contact Ines Viela at

For an up-to-date list of confirmed speakers and presentation titles please follow this link

Search and Matching Webinar

For further information about the search and matching webinar, including the schedule, please follow this link

Department Applied Seminar

Autumn Term 2020

Date       Speaker Institution Topic
07-Oct Edouard Schaal CREI, UPF, BGSE "Herding cycles"
14-Oct Rossella Calvi Rice "Til Dowry Do Us Part: Bargaining and Violence in Indian Families"
28-Oct Kristiina Huttunen Helsinki and Aalto "In Sickness and in Health: Job Displacement and Health Spillovers in Couples"
04-Nov Pietro Reichlin LUISS "Optimal Taxation with Home Ownership and Wealth Inequality"
25-Nov Elisa Giannone Penn State "Unpacking Moving"
02-Dec Eric T. Chyn Dartmouth "Moved to Vote: The Long-Run Effects of Neighborhoods on Political Participation"
09-Dec Manudeep Bhuller Oslo Sequential Choices, Option Values and the Returns to Education

Search and Matching Workshop 2019

MaLEc co-organised a Search and Matching Workshop in May 2019, together with the University of Essex.



“Dispersion over the business cycle: productivity versus demand” with Mikael Carlsson and Knut-Eric Joslin


“Firm and worker dynamics in a frictional labor market” with Adrien Bilal, Nik Engbom and Gianluca Violante


“Firm dynamics, on-the-job search and labor market fluctuations”


“Firm-level debt and employment” with Mikael Carlsson and Oskar Skans


“On the dynamics of firm employment: evidence from Denmark” with Francois Fontaine, Manolis Galenianos and Ija Trapeznikova

The full workshop programme can be found here

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