Allan Webster

Professor Allan Webster

  • 01202 968744
  • awebster at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Professor Of Economics
  • Executive Business Centre EB407, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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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.


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)


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).

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 ?"

Journal Articles


  • 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.


  • Khorana, S., WEBSTER, A. and Piesse, J., 2018. Female empowerment in emerging market firms. In: 45thAcademy of International Business (UK & Ireland Chapter) Annual Conference 11-14 April 2018 Birmingham.

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Camilo Calderon
  • Elfrida (Evi) Yanti
  • Emmanuel Silva
  • Godwin Okafor
  • Salah Abumangosha


  • DPhil in Economics (Bournemouth University, 2009)
  • MSc in Economics (University of London, Birkbeck College, 2004)
  • BA (Hons) in Social Studies (economics major) (University of East Anglia, 1983)


  • Royal Economic Society, Member,