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Professor Christos Kotsogiannis

Professor Christos Kotsogiannis

Professor of Economics


+44 (0) 1392 723319

Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Christos Kotsogiannis is Professor of Economics at the University of Exeter and a Research Fellow at CESifo, Germany. He was born in Athens and studied for his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Essex.

His research is primarily in the field of public economics, political  economics, environmental economics and international trade, with publications in journals such as,American Economic ReviewJournal of International EconomicsJournal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Public EconomicsJournal of Public Economic Theory,International Tax and Public FinanceJournal of Urban Economics and Economics Letters. He has been the guest co-editor for a special issue on climate change issues for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics and International Tax and Public Finance. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Tax Administration and he is one of the three editors of CESifo Economic Studies. 

Kotsogiannis has been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund, and a consultant for the World Bank on issues of fuel subsidies. He was Head of the Economics Department at University of Exeter Business School from 2011-2014 and held a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2009-2011. In 2015 Kotsogiannis was awarded the Copernicus International Fellowship from the University IUSS-Ferrara 1391.

Nationality: Greek

Administrative responsibilities

  • Member, School Postgraduate Committee
  • Member, School Undergraduate Admissions Committee


BA (Essex), MA (Essex), PhD (Essex)


Research clusters

Research interests

  • Public economics
  • International trade
  • Applied microeconomics

Professor Kotsogiannis's research interests lie in the broad area of public economics, and international trade (with a particular focus on trade-induced climate change). While his research is theoretical in nature, it is motivated by applied economics problems.

Research projects

Professor Kotsogiannis is currently involved in a number of research projects, examining:

  • the welfare consequences of commodity tax harmonisation when public goods are global
  • the impact of equalisation transfers on political selection
  • the design of environmental policies that mitigate climate change, and
  • the comparison between specific and ad valorem taxation in the presence of asymmetric information.

Awards and Honours

  • Holder of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (Oct 2009-Jan 2011)

External positions

  • CESIfo Research Fellow

  • Public economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Political economy

Public economics considers the principles and practice of tax policy. It presents the issues of incidence, excess burden and equity. It also discusses direct / indirect taxation and public good provision, addressing such questions as: are there good reasons for taxing goods at different rates?, how progressive should income tax be? and, what is the socially optimal mix between public and private goods?

Economics is defined as the study of the allocation of scarce resources among alternative uses. It is simply impossible to produce everything people want, since there are not enough basic resources. Every society, therefore, must choose either explicitly or implicitly how its resources will be used. Microeconomics investigates how economic actors (individuals and firms) make decisions, and how these choices create markets.

Political economy challenges the orthodox economic assumptions and, in its contemporary meaning, refers to the study of economic and political behaviour. Economic outcomes vary considerably across time and place. Political economy is concerned with explaining this variation, by studying the formation of policy in various political institutions.