Dr Chris Jones


Economics and Strategy Group

Dr 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.

He joined Aston Business School as a Research Fellow in 2008 after completing his PhD from the University of Nottingham and became a lecturer in 2010. In 2011 Chris won the Economics Network's Student Nominated Award for Learning and Teaching. In 2012 Chris won the Aston Excellence Award for being the Outstanding Teacher of the Year (staff nominated).
Position: Senior Lecturer 

Phone:+44(0)121 204 3036 Email: c.jones2@aston.ac.uk Room: SW1020A
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  • 2008 PhD Economics, University of Nottingham
  • 2004 MSc Financial Economics (distinction), University of Leicester
  • 2002 BA Economics, University of Leicester 
  • 2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice 
  • 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.

  • Morrissey, O. and Jones, C. (2008) "Missed Opportunities: The WTO Trade Policy Review for the East African Community", World Economy, 31, 1409-1432.
  • Jones, C., Morrissey,O. and Nelson,D. (2011) "Did the World Bank Drive Tariff Reforms in Eastern Africa?", World Development, 39(3), 324-335.
  • N. Driffiled, C. Jones and J. Crotty, (2013) “International business research and risky investments, an analysis of FDI in conflict zones”, International Business Review, 22(1), 140-155.
  • N. Driffiled, and C. Jones, (2013) ”Impact of FDI, ODA and Migrant Remittances on Economic Growth in Developing Countries: A Systems Approach”, European Journal of Development Research, 25, 173–196.

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