Anita Ratcliffe

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Anita graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2003 with a BSc in Economics and Econometrics. She gained an MSc in Economics in 2005, also from the University of Nottingham, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol in 2011. In the same year, she was appointed as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sheffield.


Anita teaches ECN217 Applied Microeconomics to second year students, which focuses on how to detect and measure the extent of discrimination in the labour market, and the theories used to explain why discrimination arises. She also teaches ECN601 Applied Microeconometrics to Masters students, which equips students with the practical econometric skills required to write a dissertation.

Anita aims to show how relevant economic tools are for studying the behaviour and outcomes of individuals in her teaching and uses real world problems to illustrate this.

Research summary

Anita’s research is in the area of applied microeonometrics and focusses on issues of wellbeing, the impact of terrorism on individual outcomes and the role of ethnic identity in shaping individual outcomes. Previous research has focused on labour market issues relating to pro-social behaviour and retirement.

PhD supervision

She is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconomics.


Ratcliffe A & Taylor KB (2015) Who cares about stock market booms and busts? Evidence from data on mental health. Oxford Economic Papers, 67(3), 826-845. View this article in WRRO

Ratcliffe A (2015) Wealth Effects, Local Area Attributes, and Economic Prospects: On the Re-lationship between House Prices and Mental Wellbeing. Review of Income and Wealth, 61(1), 75-92. View this article in WRRO

Disney R, Ratcliffe A & Smith S (2015) Booms, Busts and Retirement Timing. Economica, 82(327), 399-419. View this article in WRRO

Ratcliffe A & von Hinke Kessler Scholder S (2014) The london bombings and racial prejudice: Evidence from the housing and labor market. Economic Inquiry. View this article in WRRO

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