David Ulph
David Ulph FRSE, FRSA
Professor, Director of SIRE
Room: G15e
University of St Andrews,
School of Economics and Finance,
St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AR,
Scotland, U.K.
Office Hours Wednesday 12-1pm, Thursday 1-2pm (or by appointment; contact cm36@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Tel: 2440
Email: du1st-andrews.ac.uk


David Ulph studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Oxford (where he held a Snell Exhibition). He held academic appointments at Stirling University and University College London (UCL), before becoming a Professor at the University of Bristol where he was also Head of Department. He then moved back to UCL as Professor and Head of Department. While at UCL he became Executive Director of the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution (ELSE), which, amongst other things, designed the UK auction for 3G licences that raised around £22bn in revenue. He has served on various ESRC committees, and on the Council and Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society. He has raised over £2m in research income from various UK and international research councils, and has participated in and directed a number of European research projects funded by the European Commission. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the European Economic Association in recognition of his contribution to Economics in Europe. In 2001 he took up a 5-year appointment as Director of Analysis in the Inland Revenue, which, following a merger with HM Customs and Excise, has now become HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). He was responsible for leading a team of around 320 analysts advising the Chancellor, Ministers, HM Treasury and HMRC on all aspects of tax policy and tax administration. He rejoined academia in October 2006 as Professor and Head of School of Economics and Finance at St Andrews. In March 2010 he has been appointed to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Since April 2010 he is Director of the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

Research Interests

Design and enforcement of policy – especially competition, taxation and welfare;  environmental economics – particularly climate change; innovation; third sector/civil society.


Recent Publications

  • (with A. Ulph) "Global Warming, Irreversibility and Learning", Economic Journal, 1997, 107, 636-650.
  • (with Y. Katsoulacos) "Endogenous Spillovers and the Performance of Research Joint Ventures", Journal of Industrial Economics, 1998.
  • (with A. Ulph) "Labour Markets, Bargaining and Innovation", European Economic Review, 1998.
  • (with N. Menezes-Filho and J. Van Reenen) "The Determination of R&D: Empirical Evidence on the Role of Unions ", European Economic Review, 1998,
  • (with M. Pemberton) "Measuring Income and Measuring Sustainability" Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2001, 103, 25-40.
  • (with A. Ulph) "Strategic Innovation with Complete and Incomplete Labour Market Contracts", Scandinavian Journal of Economics,2001, 103, 265-282.
  • (with R. Owen) "Sunk Costs, Market Access, Economic Integration and Welfare", Review of International Economics, 2002, 10, 539-555
  • (with J. Beath, R. Owen, R, and J. Poyago-Theotoky) "Optimal incentives for income-generation in universities: the rule of thumb for the Compton tax", International Journal of Industrial Organisation, 2003, 21, 1301-1322
  • "A General Non-Cooperative Model of Household Behaviour", L'Actualite Economique: Revue d'Analyse Economique, 2006, 82..
  • (with A. Ulph), “Climate Change – environmental and technology policies in a strategic context”, Environmental and Resource Economics, 2007, 37, 159-180
  • (with Y. Katsoulacos), “Optimal Legal Standards for Competition Policy,” Journal of Industrial Economics, 2009, 57, 3, 410-437
  • (with T.Damjanovic), “Tax Progressivity, Income Distribution and Tax Non-       Compliance”,  European Economic Review, 2010, Vol 54, Issue 4, 594-607
  • (with Y. Katsoulacos) “Optimal Enforcement Structures for Competition Policy:  Implications of Judicial Reviews and of Internal Error Correction Mechanisms”  European Competition Journal, 2011, vol 7, No.1 pp 71-88
  • (with A. Ulph) "Optimal Climate Change Policies When Governments Cannot Commit", Environmental and Resource Economics, 2013, 61, (forthcoming)     
  • (with Y. Katsoulacos) " Antitrust penalties and the implications of empirical evidence on cartel overcharges" Economic Journal, 2013, 123, (forthcoming)  

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