On this page you find some research areas I find interesting (in no particular order) and in which I am happy to supervise MSc Dissertations.
Note that I am supervising not more than 5 MSc Dissertations each year – if you have a research  idea which you would like to discuss with me please contact me well in advance via email on: c.spielmann@ucl.ac.uk.

(1) Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
I am interested in most topics in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics – so if you have a good idea feel free to discuss it with me.  I have a particular interest in the effect of environmental policies and regulations on economic outcomes such as innovations, investment or trade flows.

Past and present supervision topics:
– “Is Environmental Regulation a Significant Determinant of Foreign Direct Investment Inflows?”
– “Climate Change Innovations: What Role does Environmental Stringency Play?”
– “Deforestation and the Environmental Kuznets Curve”

(2) Explaining Employment and Unemployment.
I am interested in theoretical models of unemployment as well as the effects of institutions on unemployment. I am also interested in empirical studies (panel and cross section only!) on factors affecting employment outcomes.

Past and present supervision topics:
– “Does Homeownership cause Unemployment in U.S. States?”


(3) The Welfare State and Public Policy Reform.

I.e. Labour Market Policies, Education Policies, Pensions, and Poverty Reduction.

Past and present supervision topics:
– “Attitudes towards unemployment benefits”


(4) The Economics of Education.

I am interested in the effects of institutional variables, peer effects and teaching quality and education policies on labour market and education outcomes.

Past and present supervision topics:
– “Intergenerational education mobility in Indonesia”

(5) The Economics of the Cultural Sector.
I an interested in social aspects of culture and the arts. This includes the effects of cultural engagement, portfolio-work within the arts, the individual and social returns to artistic engagement the effect of outreach programmes.

(6) The Economics of Happiness and Wellbeing .


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