Alex Trew

School of Economics and Finance, University of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ.

Office: F14. Office hours (2017/18 S1): Wednesday 10am-12pm.

Email: alex.trew@st-andrews.ac.uk;
Tel: +44(0) 1334 461950.

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Qualifications

2016, Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

2004-07, University of St Andrews, PhD Economics, Thesis Title: 'Towards the Microfoundations of Finance and Growth', Supervisors: Prof. Charles Nolan and Dr. Gary Shea, Examiners: Prof. John Driffill (Birkbeck); Prof. David Ulph (St Andrews).

2003-04, University of Warwick, MSc Economics.

2000-03, University of Durham, BA Economics, First Class (Hons.).

Positions held

2017-, Senior Lecturer, University of St Andrews.

2004-, Research Affiliate/Associate, Centre for Dynamic Macroeconomic Analysis.

2007-17, Lecturer, University of St Andrews.

Research interests

Economic growth; economic geography; economic history; financial development.

Publications

RePEc page

Nolan, Charles and Alex Trew, 'Transaction Costs and Institutions', The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics (Contributions), 2015, 15(2), pp. 391-432, link.

Trew, Alex, 'Spatial Takeoff in the First Industrial Revolution', Review of Economic Dynamics, 2014, 17, pp. 707-25, link, MATLAB code.

Trew, Alex, 'Finance and Balanced Growth', Macroeconomic Dynamics, 2014, 18(4), pp. 883-98, link.

Trew, Alex, 'Contracting Institutions and Development', Review of Economics and Institutions, 2012, 3(3), link.

Trew, Alex, 'Infrastructure Finance and Industrial Takeoff in England', Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2010, 42(6), lead article, pp. 985-1010, link.

Trew, Alex, 'Efficiency, Depth and Growth: Quantitative Implications of Finance and Growth Theory', Journal of Macroeconomics, 2008, 30(4), pp. 1550-68, link.

Trew, Alex, 'Finance and Growth: A Critical Survey', Economic Record, 2006, 82(259), pp. 481-90, link.

Working Papers

R&R

Trew, Alex, 'Endogenous Infrastructure Development and Spatial Takeoff', School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper 1601, link, revise and resubmit at American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Heblich, Stephan and Alex Trew, 'Banking and Industrialization', School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper 1506, link, revise and resubmit at Journal of the European Economic Association.

Other

Heblich, Stephan, Alex Trew and Yanos Zylberberg, 'East Side Story: Historical Pollution and Persistent Neighborhood Sorting', School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper 1613, link.

Khomba, Dan and Alex Trew, 'Aid and Growth in Malawi', School of Economics and Finance Discussion Paper 1612, link, under review.

Trew, Alex, 'Institutions and the Scale Effect', 2009, CDMA Working Paper 0906, link.

Works in progress

'Finance and Growth in Space'.

'The Role of Transport in Industrialization', with Radek Stefanski.

'Transport and Long-Run Development', with Dan Bogart, Stephan Heblich and Leigh Shaw-Taylor.

Supervision

PhD

Dan Khomba, 2013-17, Essays on Aid and Growth. First job: Scottish Fiscal Commission.

Nikolay Chernyshev, 2015-, Essays on Endogenous Growth Theory.

Other

24 MSc dissertations. 7 UG dissertations.

Refereeing

Journal of Development Economics, Development Policy Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Fiscal Studies, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Manchester School, Oxford University Press (book review) Palgrave Macmillan (book review), Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

Research funding

2015-18, $95,000, Institute for New Economic Thinking, "Transport Infrastructure, Long-Run Development and Policy: Evidence from England and Wales, c.1817 to 2011", joint with Stephan Heblich (Bristol).

2015, £4,831, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics, for Workshop on Structural Transformation, joint with Radek Stefanski (St Andrews).

2015, £5,000, Royal Economic Society Special Project Grant for Workshop on Structural Transformation, joint with Radek Stefanski (St Andrews).

2012, £750, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics, conference travel.

2011, £7,875, funding for Workshop on Economic Growth, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics.

2006-08, £131,500 (non fEC) from Shell Foundation: 'Private Sector Finance and the Support of Infrastructure as a Source of Economic Growth', joint with Charles Nolan and Gary Shea.

2004-06, £26,400 from CDMA: Full PhD Studentship.

Teaching

Current (2017/18)

Economic History (Honours).

Past

Advanced Macroeconomics (Junior Honours).

Central Banking (MSc).

Contemporary Issues: Institutions; Financial Regulation (Senior Honours).

Econometrics (Junior/Senior Honours).

Economic Analysis: Growth theory (Senior Honours).

Financial Intermediation (MSc).

Money and Banking (MSc).

Administrative service

Main roles

2017-, School Ethics Committee, chair.

2017-, External Examiner, University of Glasgow.

2015-17, Deputy Director of Teaching.

2014-, Sub-Honours Advisor (Faculty of Science).

2012-13, Director of MSc Money, Banking and Finance (maternity cover).

Committees and Panels

2016, Computing Officer, panel member.

2016, Teaching Fellow recruitment, panel member.

2015-16, Junior Job Market search committee.

2015-16, Junior Job Market hiring committee.

2015-17, School Teaching Committee.

2014-17, School Ethics Committee, member.

2012-13, School Teaching Committee (maternity cover).

Other

2017-, Library Liaison for School.

2015, Co-Organizer, Workshop on Structural Transformation.

2011, Co-Organizer, SIRE/CDMA Workshop in Economic Growth.

2010-12, School seminar organiser.

2010-11, Associate Examiner, University of London International Programmes.

2008, Organizer, 2nd St Andrews Workshop in Applied Microeconomics.

2008, Co-Organizer, SIRE Forum for Young Researchers.

2004-10, CDMA Webmaster.

Referees available upon request

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Updated August 2017.