Dr Ian Gregory-Smith

Department of Economics

Senior Lecturer in Economics

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Dr Ian Gregory-Smith
Department of Economics
Room 511
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT

Ian graduated from Nottingham University Business School in 2002. He transferred to the Economics Department at Nottingham for his MSc and on completion worked for 2 years as a Research Analyst for Manifest Information Services Ltd. He returned to Nottingham at the offer of a scholarship for a PhD.

Towards the end of his PhD he took up the role as a Teaching Fellow and taught courses in the field of microeconomics both in the UK and also at Nottingham Ningbo in China. After completing his PhD, he took up a lectureship at the University of Edinburgh and subsequently joined Sheffield in February 2012.

He is currently the Department's Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching.

Research interests

Ian’s primary research interests concern the executive labour market and related issues associated with gender, corporate governance, executive remuneration and shareholder voting. His work often applies econometric techniques to panel datasets.

More recently, Ian's work on the executive labour market has developed to consider the implications for the firm's international strategy on issues such as exporting, hiring, networking, and innovation. He is also interested in how the economics of sport (particularly cricket) can provide insights into the processes by which decisions are made within firms.

Ian’s research has been used to inform policy at HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (formerly Department of Business, Innovation and Skills).

Recently, he has made submissions to the BIS’ ‘Executive Remuneration’ and ‘The Future of Narrative Reporting’ Discussion Papers, and the ‘Hutton Review of Fair pay in the Public Sector’. He also engages with corporate governance industry participants such as Manifest Information Services Ltd.


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Teaching activities

I currently teach Advanced Microeconomics for third year undergraduates. This module provides a rigorous treatment of modern microeconomic theory and is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed as professional economists.

We model how agents and firms interact in an uncertain world, where risks are taken and failure is possible. We look at contracting problems that can occur inside firms and analyse how pay incentives are structured.

We also analyse how parties solve bargaining problems, cooperatively and non-cooperatively. The course is excellent preparation for graduate level study.

  • ECN301 Topics in Advanced Microeconomics