Dr Barbara Roberts

Dr Barbara RobertsLecturer in Economics

Contact Details

  • Tel: 0116 252 2906
  • Email: bbr@le.ac.uk
  • Office: AC201, Astley Clarke Building
  • Office Hours:  Monday 1pm-3pm                             

Research Interests

  • Foreign direct investment
  • Privatisation
  • Transition in Eastern Europe 

Research papers can be downloaded via RePEc.

Supervision Interests

Foreign Direct Investment. This is a very broad topic allowing for a single country, a cross-country or a cross-industry analysis. There is a range of aspects to examine, such as determinants of FDI, motives for FDI or the effect of FDI on growth.

Globalisation and Firm-level Adjustment. Globalisation affects the behaviour of firms in many ways. There is a range of aspects to examine such as the disciplining effect of foreign competition, exporting decisions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Privatisation and Performance. An ongoing debate on the economic and political merits of private versus state ownership motivates further empirical research in this area. There is a range of aspects to examine such as the choice of firms for privatisation, domestic and foreign acquisitions and efficiency effects of ownership change.

PhD Supervision


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Student Progress Officer

Most Recent Publications

  • 'Privatisations around the world: economic or political determinants?' forthcoming in Economics and Politics, (with M. Saeed)
  • 'Source country characteristics and the inflow of foreign direct investment into Saudi Arabia', forthcoming in The World Economy, 2009, Vol. 32, pp. 1730-1746, (with A. Almahmood)
  • 'Privatisation in Poland: What was the government trying to achieve?', Economics of Transition, 2009, Vol. 17, pp. 531-557 (with G. De Fraja)
  • 'Privatisation, foreign acquisition and the motives for FDI in Eastern Europe', Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), 2008, Vol. 144, pp. 408-427, (with S. Thompson and K. Mikolajczyk)

Full listing of publications

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