Rob Elliott


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Robert Elliott’s work is in the area of globalisation and international business, including empirical international trade, firm heterogeneity, environment, development and labour economics. Specific topics include: economics of China and East Asia; the environment; pollution; regulations and industrial restructuring; geographical specialisation and spatial economics; conceptual, methodological and empirical analysis of intra-industry trade; the relationship between trade structure and labour market adjustment; multinationals and foreign direct investment; international business and economics of immigration.

1994 …2023

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Rob Elliott is a Professor of economics in the department at the University of Birmingham. After finishing his PhD at the University of Nottingham he worked in Manchester before coming to Birmingham in 2003. His primary interest is the economics of globalisation with a special interest in international trade, environmental economics and labour economics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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