University of Kent
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    The School has a strong research culture and an international reputation in a number of fields.
  • Centres and groups

    We have two research centres that specialise in macroeconomics and agri-environmental studies, plus an active microeconomics research group.
  • Seminars

    We host weekly research seminars by visiting visiting academics from universities and institutions in the UK and abroad.
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roger vickerman 120x120The University’s Professor Roger Vickerman has called for greater consistency in how the UK regulates its various transport modes.

Speaking at a discussion on transport regulation, organised on 9 February by the Institute for Government in partnership with the City of London Corporation, Professor Vickerman argued that it was important to strike the right balance between user payments and public contributions.

Read the full article on the University of Kent website.

zaki wahhaj 120x120A new discussion paper by Niaz Asadullah and Zaki Wahhaj, KDPE 1602, February 2016

Non-technical summary

A third of women in developing countries around the world marry before the age of 18, and about one in nine before the age of 15. A large literature argues that early marriage disrupts the accumulation of human capital among adolescent girls due to early school drop-out, withdrawal from labour markets and adverse effects on health from early childbearing.

International development agencies, national governments and NGO's have made concerted efforts in recent years to lower the incidence of early marriage through new legislation on child marriage, improved enforcement of existing laws and interventions aimed at adolescents.

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the kimberleyThe Centre for European Agri-Environmental Economics (CEAS) is pleased to announce a seminar by Professor Michael Burton, Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.  Professor Burton will talk on ‘Spatially explicit discrete choice experiments: an application to coastal management in The Kimberley, Western Australia’.

The seminar will be on Wednesday 10 February 2016, 1-2 pm in Keynes Lecture Theatre 2, University of Kent. All welcome.

For further information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see the CEAS website.

zaki wahhaj 120x120A new discussion paper by Harounan Kazianga and Zaki Wahhaj, KDPE 1601, January 2016

Non-technical summary

The question as to how resources are allocated within households has long been of interest to economists. Particularly in societies where state support and market institutions are weak, the household remains an important unit of production, and investment in the human capital of children.

The two theories of intra-household allocation that have received the most attention in the academic literature and tested most frequently using household data are the Unitary Model and the Collective Model. The Unitary Model, which postulates that the household behaves as if it were a single individual, has been consistently rejected by empirical evidence.

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