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Research Interests

Economic history, the economics of institutions, and the relationship between education and economic growth.


I joined the Faculty of Economics in 1979 and retired in 2010. During that time, my main areas of interest were public economics, firm finance and investment, and corporate governance. Towards the end of this period I became more interested in economic history and the economics of institutions. I was a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1981 to 1986, and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research from 1985 to 1996. I have been a Research Network Fellow of CESifo since 1994.

Publications since retirement

Selected past publications


  • Edwards, J.S.S. and A.J. Weichenrieder (2009), "Control Rights, Pyramids, and the Measurement of Ownership Concentration", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 72, 489-508.
  • Edwards, J.S.S., W. Eggert and A.J. Weichenrieder (2009), "Corporate Governance and Pay for Performance: Evidence from Germany", Economics of Governance, 10, 1-26.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and A.J. Weichenrieder (2004), "Ownership Concentration and Share Valuation", German Economic Review, 5, 143-171.
  • Ogilvie, S.C. and J.S.S. Edwards (2000), "Women and the "Second Serfdom": Evidence from Early Modern Bohemia", Journal of Economic History, 60,
  • 961-994.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and M.F. Nibler (2000), "Corporate Governance in Germany: The Role of Banks and Ownership Concentration", Economic Policy 31,
  • 237-260.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and S.C. Ogilvie (1996), "Universal Banks and German Industrialization: A Reappraisal", Economic History Review, 49, 427-446.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and M.J. Keen (1996), "Tax Competition and Leviathan", European Economic Review, 40, 113-134.
  • Edwards, J.S.S., M.J. Keen and M. Tuomala (1994), "Income Tax, Commodity Taxes and Public Good Provision: A Brief Guide", Finanzarchiv, 51, 472-487.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and C.P. Mayer (1991), "Leasing, Taxes and the Cost of Capital", Journal of Public Economics, 44, 173-197.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and M.J. Keen (1985), "Inflation and Non-neutralities in the Taxation of Corporate Source Income", Oxford Economic Papers, 37, 552-575.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and M.J. Keen (1985), "Taxes, Investment and Q", Review of Economic Studies, 52, 665-679.
  • Edwards, J.S.S. and M.J. Keen (1984), "Wealth Maximisation and the Cost of Capital: A Comment", Quarterly Journal of Economics, 99, 211-214.


  • Edwards, J.S.S. and K. Fischer (1994), Banks, Finance and Investment in Germany, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.
  • Edwards, J.S.S., J.A. Kay and C.P. Mayer (1987), The Economic Analysis of Accounting Profitability, Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Edited volumes

  • Edwards, J.S.S., J.R. Franks, C.P. Mayer and S.M. Schaefer (eds.) (1986), Recent Developments in Corporate Finance, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Dr Jeremy Edwards

Emeritus Reader in Economics

Research Group:
Economic History

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