Dr Theodore Koutmeridis is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow, where he coordinates the Behaviour, Structure and Interventions network for interdisciplinary research. He holds a PhD in Economics from Warwick University where he was an Onassis Scholar and a Royal Economic Society Junior Fellow. His research on inequality, poverty and crime has won various awards, such as the Sir Alec Cairncross Prize in Economics, the 1st Prize of the European Science Days Interdisciplinary Award, and has been featured in the media and in various symposia, such as his “Underground Economy” TEDx talk and his “Crime and Prices” video. His work has been awarded grants for research, teaching, impact and engagement, and is currently funded via a £700,000 ESRC-DFID grant for education accountability in disadvantaged Indian schools. He is fully committed to outreach and impact, contributing to numerous consultations and policy reports. He is a Research Fellow in Global Sustainable Development at the Advanced Research Centre ARC and at the Institute of Labor Economics IZA, while he was a Visiting Scholar with Principal’s Fellowship at Columbia University. Recently he received the British Academy Rising Star Award and the RSE Henry Duncan Medal, which according to the Royal Society of Edinburgh he was awarded ‘‘for his outstanding work in the field of economics where he combines a clear mastery of the microeconomic methodology, a keen instinct for its empirical applications and a deep commitment to engagement activities.’’

Impact Case Study - Increasing financial recoveries for NHS using behavioural economics insights

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The Changing Returns to Crime: Do Criminals Respond to Prices?, Review of Economic Studies, 2019, with M. Draca and S. Machin.

Misallocation, Education Expansion and Wage Inequality, submitted.

Shaking Criminal Incentives, submitted, Slides, with Y. Aoki.

Corporate Inequality and Disadvantage in the Workplace, new version soon, with B. Eberth.

Sorting Inequality with Gender-Specific Credit Constraints, new version soon.


Disadvantage & Participation Accountability Processes: Theory & Evidence from School Development & Management Committees in Karnataka, India, 2018-2023, Co-I, ESRC-DFID, £700,000.

Inequality, Conflict and Violence, research network, 2017-2019, Principal Investigator, funded by the British Academy, £15,000.

Summer Institute series on ‘Community and Change’, annual workshops, 2019-2022. Co-Organiser, funded via Principal’s Fund, £20,000 per year.

The Market for ‘Rough Diamonds’: Information, Finance and Wage Inequality, Doctoral Dissertation, University of Warwick, 2013, funded via Onassis PhD Scholarship, £35,000.


Understanding Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 0 1 2 3 4 5 6, since 2017.

Behavioural Economics: Theory and Applications, 0 1 2 3 4 5 6, since 2017.

Past Teaching: Labor Economics, Economics of Innovation, Research Methods, Macro, Econometrics.

PhD Methods Training: Identifying Causal Effects, Finding Gaps in the Lit, Advice for Viva.


Do Higher Prices Increase Crime?, University of Glasgow research outreach video.

Interview: RSE Henry Duncan Medal, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, interview on pages 8-9.

The Underground Economy, TEDx talk video.

Brexit and Economics, Interviewed by Dr Emma Carroll, Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy.

EPIP Conference Plenary video talk launching Copyright Evidence in the Digital Economy.

Increasing HE participation ‘increases wage inequality’, The Times Higher Education.


REF Impact Case Study - Increasing financial recoveries for NHS using behavioural economics insights. Joint with Counter Fraud Services, NHS Prevention Team to recover £1-5 million per year. Awards: “NHS Excellence in Innovation Award” and “Glasgow University KE Award in Policy”.

Brexit and the Scottish Economy: Risks, Opportunities and the Revenge of the Disadvantaged. In: Brexit: The Impact on Scotland. Royal Society of Edinburgh, Young Academy of Scotland, 2017.

Consulting Her Majesty’s Government, Intellectual Property Office, UK Government.

Consulting the following RSE Working Groups: “Inequality”; “Brexit & the Economy”; ”Financial Support for Students”; “Brexit & International Students” and “Brexit, Migration & Salary Threshold”; “COVID-19, Inequalities and Human Rights” & “RSE response to the call for evidence by Scottish Government Just Transition Commission”.


Selected Workshops Organised: LSE Crime Workshop, LSE Youngsters in Crime Workshop, BSI events.

Selected Talks: TEDx on The Underground Economy; Crime Lab New York; Public Lecture on Shifting Paradigms; Public Lecture on the Economics of Crime.


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