Professor Mark Schaffer

Professor of Economics

My fields of research include applied econometrics, labour markets, economic history, energy economics and evolutionary theory.

Areas of interest

  • Economics, microeconomics, econometrics, energy, economic history


1990: PhD in Economics, London School of Economics

1985: MA in Economics, Stanford University

1983: MScEcon in Economics, London School of Economics

1982: AB Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University


Professor of Economics, Heriot-Watt University, 1995-date

Director, CSEDA, 2020-date

Director, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science 2011-2012

Director, Centre for Economic Reform & Transformation (CERT), HWU 1997-2011

Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics, 1990-95

Lecturer in Economics, School of European Studies, University of Sussex 1989-1990

I have worked as a consultant for organizations such as the World Bank, the IMF, EBRD, the United Nations, the European Commission, and the Department for International Development of the UK Government.

Recent publications

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Projects/Research showcase

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2009 - present, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE)

2017 - present, Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

Research Fellow, IZA Institute for the Study of Labour