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Dr Pascal Stiefenhofer

Dr Pascal Stiefenhofer

Senior Lecturer in Economics


+44 (0) 1392 724482

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

Pascal Stiefenhofer joined Exeter Business School in 2019. He has previously worked at the University College London (Department of Statistical Sciences), The University of York (Department of Economics and Related Studies), The University of Sussex (Department of Mathematics). Pascal received his PhD in Mathematics on dynamical systems theory under the supervision of Peter Giesl, and a PhD in Economics on general equilibrium theory (applications of differential topology and differential geometry) under the supervision of Yves Balasko. Pascal’s current research interests are on poverty in advanced economies (machine learning approach), applications of dynamical systems to energy markets (Fillipov right hand side discontinuities), and ethical consumption behaviour.

Nationality: Swiss


PhD Mathematics, PhD Economics

Research interests

  • Ethical consumption (theory of social labels)
  • Poverty and social inequality in advanced economies
  • Sustainable economic development
  • Economic Theory

Research projects

Pascal uses unsupervised/supervised machine learning methods in order to classify and estimate population groups defined as the working poor, and those in employment and educated but socially excluded in advanced economies such as Japan, UK, and Switzerland. This research is partially funded by an ESRC SCDTP (2019-2023) Award and a British Academy Leverhulme Award. The research project is in collaboration with Professor K. Suetomi (Nihon University, Japan), Professor A. Gregorious (University of Brighton), and D. Pompa (Mres/PhD student University of Brighton). 

Administrative responsibilities

  • Deputy Director of Education

Awards and Honours

  • British Academy Leverhulme Research Grant (2019-2020)
  • Rising Star Award (2019-2020)
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Award (2018-2019)
  • The London Japan Endowments Fund (2018-2019)
  • Royal Economic Society Small Grant (2019)
  • ESRC SCDTP (2019-2023)
  • EPSRC (2011-2014)

External positions

  • Member of the Royal Economic Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Editor in Chief of Mathematical and Statistical Economics

Pascal’s teaching interests cover advanced mathematics, mathematics for research in economics, statistical learning methods, and micro economic theory. Pascal has previously taught game theory, economic policy analysis, and econometrics.