Nicolas Van de Sijpe
Lecturer in Economics
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 3414
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 3458
Nicolas obtained his first degree, a ‘Licentiaat’ in Economics, from Ghent University in Belgium. He then completed an MSc in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Nottingham, followed by a DPhil at the University of Oxford. Nicolas returned to Ghent University briefly as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, before joining the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development (QEH) as a Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics. He was appointed to his current position as a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sheffield in September 2014.
“I teach Development Economics to 3rd year undergraduates, and co-teach Research Methods and Introductory Econometrics to 2nd and 3rd year students. I also teach an introductory Stata course to MSc students. My teaching is guided by a number of simple principles. I attempt to engage students by linking what I teach to current debates in the literature, blogs etc. and to what goes on in the real world.
As much as I can, I prefer using research papers over following textbooks, so that students get a better appreciation for what research is about and how they can participate in ongoing debates. I try to teach tools and analytical methods over facts, and to connect these tools to specific applications so that students can immediately see their use.
I also tend to spend a lot of time working out for myself and communicating to students why I teach what I teach, to attempt to keep students motivated.
Mostly, I love combining data with econometric methods to learn something about the world, and more than anything else it is this love that I try to share in my teaching.”
Most of Nicolas’s recent research uses cross-country data to study the effectiveness of foreign aid. This includes work on the fungibility of education and health aid, and on a new method to identify the causal effect of aid in a panel data context, used to study the domestic absorption of aid.
Nicolas would consider supervising PhD students with a focus on applied econometrics in a number of fields, including development economics and political economy.