Rebecca Riley is Professor of Practice in Economics at King’s Business School. She is Director of the UK Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), a research centre established in 2017 to address emerging and future issues in measuring the economy and to build collaboration between the UK Office for National Statistics and academia. Rebecca is an applied economist focusing on labour markets, industrial organisation and economic measurement.
Her current research considers: minimum wage legislation and its impacts on businesses and low paid workers; links between business performance, market structure and macroeconomic outcomes; measurement of firms’ investments in intangible assets and their returns; and the impacts of globalisation on local economies and the relocation of work.
Rebecca has written extensively on UK productivity performance and labour market policy. Her work has been published in journals, including the Economic Journal, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A and Labour Economics, as well as in numerous research reports for government.
Rebecca leads a research programme on productivity measurement as part of the ESRC funded Productivity Institute. She is Principal Investigator of an ESRC funded initiative to explore management practices to promote higher productivity in UK businesses, involving development of the Management and Expectations Survey. Her research has also been supported by: the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; the Department for Communities and Local Government; the Department for Work and Pensions; the European Commission; Gatsby Foundation; Low Pay Commission; and Nuffield Foundation, amongst others.
Rebecca is a member of council of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth and a member of the Conference on Research in Income and Wealth (CRIW) at the NBER. She is currently a Fellow of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, where previously she led the productivity research group and the UK forecast team. She has been an external advisor to several government departments and public bodies, including the UK Office for National Statistics, the Department for Work and Pensions and UK Trade & Investment.
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