Photo of Eugenia VellaDr Eugenia Vella

Lecturer in Economics

Room 433
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 9658
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5151

Email e.vella@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

Eugenia graduated from the Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece) with BSc in International and European Economic Studies. She gained her MSc and PhD in Economics from the same institution.

During her graduate studies, she also spent two academic terms at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona as a visiting PhD student. For her PhD thesis she received funding from the EU under the ‘Hrakleitus II’ PhD Research Funding Programme. She held a Max Weber Postdoctoral fellowship (2013-14) and a Jean Monnet Postdoctoral fellowship (2014-15) at the European University Institute in Florence. She joined the Department of Economics at Sheffield in September 2015 to take up the position of Lecturer.

Teaching

“I currently teach undergraduate Macroeconomic Principles and postgraduate Public Economics. The first module provides an in-depth analysis of the major themes in intermediate macroeconomic theory. It also examines the policy implications of these themes. The second module evaluates the government’s ability to identify and achieve more efficient and equitable outcomes than the situation without intervention. It also seeks to apply the theory in the analysis of real world public policy programmes, which might include fiscal redistribution, education and health."

"My primary goal in teaching is to convince students that the course material is relevant to their daily lives and important for their academic and professional development. I find that an outward display of my enthusiasm for the particular subject matter at hand and teaching in general has positive effects on learning and students’ appreciation of the course material."

"I accomplish my main teaching goal by training students to think critically about relationships between the material covered in class and their own real world observations, and by encouraging argumentation to develop the oral and written communication skills that are valued in the labour market. A secondary teaching goal of mine is to ensure that all of my students benefit from the classroom experience. To ensure that students appreciate and understand the course material, I make a special effort to elicit real-world experiences that draw connections between the lives of students and the conceptually challenging concepts of economics.”

Research Summary and PhD Student Supervision

Eugenia's research interests lie in the area of macroeconomics of labour markets, fiscal policy, environment and economic growth. Her recent research has focused on the macroeconomic effects of fiscal consolidation by considering aspects such as tax evasion and corruption, migration, and fiscal multipliers for the disaggregated components of government spending. For her research on tax evasion and fiscal consolidation she received in 2014, jointly with Evi Pappa (EUI), a Research Grant from the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation.

Eugenia is interested in supervising PhD students in macroeconomics and labour markets.

Selected journal articles

Bermperoglou, D., Pappa, E. and Vella, E. (2017) The Government Wage Bill and Private Activity, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2017, 79, 21-47.

Pappa, E., Sajedi, R. and Vella, E. (2015) Fiscal Consolidation with Tax Evasion and Corruption , Journal of International Economics, 96, Supplement 1, S56–S75.

Kalyvitis, S and Vella, E. (2015) Productivity Effects of Public Capital Maintenance: Evidence from U.S. States, Economic Inquiry, 53(1), 72-90.

Vella, E. Dioikitopoulos, E. and Kalyvitis, S (2015) Spending Reforms, Growth and Welfare with Endogenous Subjective Discounting, Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2015, 19(6), 1240-1260.

Kalyvitis, S. and Vella, E. (2011) Public Capital Maintenance, Decentralization and US Productivity Growth, Public Finance Review, 39(6), 784-809.