Dr Chris Jones


Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

Chris Jones

Chris maintains primary research interests in various areas of International Economics and Business. His doctoral thesis looked at the political economy of trade policy in Africa. Since then he has written papers on economic growth, trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) with a focus on developing countries. His main interest now is using firm-level data to analyse the locational choices of MNE’s applied to a number of different contexts; these include FDI in conflict zones, FDI in tax havens and the FDI decisions of Tobacco firms.

Position: Reader in Economics 

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3036
Email: c.jones2@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW1020A

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  • Ph D, University of Nottingham, 2008. Subject: Economics
  • MSc, University of Leicester, 2004. Subject: Financial Economics
  • BA, University of Leicester, 2002. Subject: Economics
  • Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School (September 2013 - Present)

  • Lecturer, Aston Business School (August 1, 2010 - August 2013)

  • Research Fellow, Aston Business School (August 2008 – September 2010)

  • BS1102 Economic Environment of Business
  • BS2223 / BS3337 International Business Economics

I am interested in prospective PhD students who have a good grounding in applied econometrics using panel data. Experience with the use of firm-level data is also desirable although not essential. In terms of topics, prospective students should read about my research interests as described above and have a look at my publications. I am particularly interested in students who have an interest in issues surrounding corporate taxation and FDI in risky environments.

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

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Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Course Director (Deputy) Joint Honours Politics & Economics 2013-Present
  • Course Director (Deputy) Combined Honours Business, School. 2010-2015
  • Course Director (Deputy) Joint Honours Business & Mathematics, School. 2010-2015
  • Course Director (Deputy) Joint Honours Maths & Economics (Minor) 2010-2015
  • Course Director (Deputy) Computing for Business 2010-2015


Awards and Honors

  • British Academy Small Research Grant, 2014-2015, “Tax Havens & Firm Performance”, £10,000

  • Aston Excellence Award: Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Aston University. (2012)

  • Economics Network Outstanding Lecturer of the Year, Economics Network. (2011)

  • Case Studentship, ESRC. (2004)