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Allan Webster has previously worked as a lecturer in economics at the University of Reading (1984-1996), as a Professor of International Business Economics at what is now Anglia Ruskin University and Professor of Economics at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. He has also spent time outside the academic world with periods of employment as an associate director of an economic consultancy firm and in government. He has advised governments in a large number of emerging economies through consultancy projects funded by, amongst others, the World Bank, the European Union and the UN Development Programme. Countries which he has advised include Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Cameroon, Kazakhstan, Namibia and Trinidad and Tobago.
His core research interests are in the interaction between trade and FDI on the one hand and labour markets on the other. In recent years this has spilled over into an interest in tourism and labour market aspects of tourism in particular.
Allan Webster is currently the Director of the PhD programme for the Businesss School and is first supervisor of four research students.
TOURISM ECONOMICS. Paper under consideration by a journal: "Forecasting U.S. Tourist Arrivals using Singular Spectrum Analysis" (with H hassani and E Silva. In the process of writing up a sole authored paper "US tourism employment: a refuge for displaced and low skilled workers ?"
TRANSITION, CORRUPTION AND FIRM LEVEL EFFICIENCY
Work completed on a study of the determinants of firm level efficiency in the hospitality sector of transitional countries (with J Piesse and K Djaijlov). Work in progress on firm level efficiency, public procurement and corruption in the construction industry of transitional countries (also with J Piesse and K Djaijlov).
FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT Two papers currently under consideration by journals: (a) "The Effects of Indirect Taxes on the Industrial Composition of US Inward FDI"(with A Miller and E Yanti) and (b)"The Significance of Indirect Taxes in the Overall Effect of Taxation on Inward Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence from the UK" (with A Miller). Work currently in progress on FDI, corruption and firm performance with Godwin Okafor (Sub-Sharan Africa) and Evi Yanti (ASEAN)
- Webster, A. and Piesse, J., 2018. Are Foreign-Owned Firms More Likely to Pay Bribes than Domestic Ones? Evidence from Emerging Markets. World development, 101, 142-161.
- Hassani, H., Webster, A., Silva, E.S. and Heravi, S., 2015. Forecasting U.S. Tourist arrivals using optimal Singular Spectrum Analysis. Tourism Management, 46, 322-335.
- Okafor, G., Piesse, J. and Webster, A., 2015. The motives for inward FDI into Sub-Saharan African countries. JOURNAL OF POLICY MODELING, 37 (5), 875-890.
- Webster, A., 2014. Wage differentials and their determinants in US tourism and tourism-associated industries. TOURISM ECONOMICS, 20 (4), 695-725.
- Webster, A., 2013. The location of inward investment, technical change and skilled labour: Evidence from the United States. International Business Review, 22 (6), 981-993.
- Webster, A. and Ayatakshi, S., 2013. The Effect of Fossil Energy and Other Environmental Taxes on Profit Incentives for Change in an Open Economy: Evidence from the UK. Energy Policy.
- Webster, A., Fletcher, J., Hardwick, P. and Morakabati, Y., 2007. Tourism and empirical applications of international trade theory: a multi-country analysis. Tourism Economics, 13, 657-674.
- Webster, A. and Hardwick, P., 2005. International trade in financial services. The Service Industries Journal, 25, 721-746.
- Lewis, D. and Webster, A., 2001. Export specialisation in the Caribbean and its implications for trade negotiations. The World Economy, 24, 809-828.
- Lewis, D. and Webster, A., 2001. International trade and comparative advantage in the Caribbean: an empirical analysis. Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, 26, 45-65.
- Webster, A., 2004. European monetary union: does recent economic history in the UK suggest that exchange rates pose significant trade barriers? In: Catterall, R.E. and Aldcroft, D.H., eds. Exchange Rates and Economic Policy in the 20th Century. Aldershot: Ashgate.
- Webster, A., 2000. A comparative analysis of the incentive effects for direct investment of Irish and UK policies. In: Lloyd-Reason, L. and Wall, S., eds. Dimensions of competitiveness : issues and policies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
- Emmanuel Silva
- Camilo Calderon
- Salah Abumangosha
- Elfrida (Evi) Yanti
- Godwin Okafor
- BA (Hons) in Social Studies (economics major) (University of East Anglia, 1983)
- MSc in Economics (University of London, Birkbeck College, 2004)
- DPhil in Economics (Bournemouth University, 2009)
- Royal Economic Society, Member,