Research Centres

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else.

John Maynard Keynes

Most of the Department's research activity is integrated within collaborative programmes organised by LSE research centres. 

The majority of our faculty are affiliated to and supported by the following research centres:



Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

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The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) is an applied economics research centre based at LSE, and is one of Europe's leading economic research centres. CEP carries out policy-focused research on the causes of economic growth and effective ways to create a fair, inclusive and sustainable society. The research covers six broad areas: community wellbeing, education and skills, economic growth, labour markets, trade, and urban economics. CEP researchers investigate topics such as the changing workplace, globalisation, immigration, school performance and adult skills, crime, mental health and the disparities between regions.

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Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM)

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The Centre For Macroeconomics is the UK’s largest research centre of active academic macroeconomic researchers, with more than 125 members across different areas, including an economics Nobel laureate, current and former top policy-makers, and many world experts and young researchers. They come together at the CFM to carry out pioneering research on the study of nations’ prosperity, and the crises that afflict them, helping to design policies that will create a healthier and more resilient economy.

The centre encompasses experts from Cambridge University, the London School of Economics (LSE), Oxford University, University College London (UCL), the Bank of England and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK’s largest funder of research on economic and social issues.

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Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

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The Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics (STICERD) brings together world-class academics to put economics and related disciplines at the forefront of research and policy.

Founded in 1978 by the renowned Japanese economist Michio Morishima, with donations from Suntory and Toyota, we are a thriving research community within LSE.

Research at STICERD is predominately carried out within eight research programmes and we receive funding to support this research from a variety of sources including research councils, charities and government agencies.

STICERD also houses the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and self-standing programmes such as the Hub for Equal Representation (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Beveridge 2.0 and the Hayek Programme. As well as supporting internal research, the centres fund small research grants for LSE academic staff and PhD students affiliated with the centres, public lectures such as the annual Morishima lecture and international research visits through our visitors programme. We also host a wide range of seminars covering subjects such as: Theoretical Economics, Econometrics, Public Economics, Economics of Industry, Development, Growth, Political Science and Political Economy, and Psychology and Economics.

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Our faculty also work with these research centres on specific projects:


Financial Markets Group (FMG) 

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The Financial Markets Group Research Centre (FMG) was founded by Mervyn King and Charles Goodhart and established in 1987 at LSE. 

The FMG is a leading centre in Europe for policy research into financial markets. It is the focal point of LSE's research communication with the business, policy making and international finance communities. The FMG works alongside the Department of Finance to understand problems in financial markets and in the decision-making processes of corporations, banks and regulators. 

The Financial Markets Group’s overarching goal is to further our understanding of how financial markets help or hinder the real economy. To reach the goal, we aim to facilitate high-quality research into the functioning of financial markets, and to bring that research to bear on financial policy and practice. We aim to facilitate research by fundraising from private- and public-sector bodies, and we aim to maximise impact by disseminating research findings to a wide audience that includes the whole LSE community, the financial sector, practitioners in other industry sectors, policy-makers, and potential LSE students. Our dissemination activities include a number of seminar series, as well as conferences and public lectures. 

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The International Growth Centre (IGC) 



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The International Growth Centre (IGC) aims to promote sustainable growth in developing countries by providing demand-led policy advice based on frontier research. The IGC directs a global network of world-leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia and works closely with partner governments to generate high-quality research and policy advice on key growth challenges.

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