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Sandeep Kapur

BA (Delhi), PhD (Cambridge)
Professor of Economics
Head of Economics and Finance

    Short biography

    Professor Kapur's current research interests span economic and financial regulation, and broad issues related to emerging economies. He has a PhD in economics from University of Cambridge and has previously held teaching appointments at Cambridge, Wharton (UPenn) and George Washington University.

    He serves as the Head of the Economics and Finance group. He also directs the Department's Executive Training programme, and in this capacity has designed and delivered training for many public and private sector organizations.


    Current research areas

    Financial intermediation, financial regulation, emerging economies, sovereign default

    Research  GS  REP  IDEas

    See Research page for details, downloadable research and working papers. Google Scholar lists citations while the RePEC and Ideas pages have links to some working papers.

    Recent research output

    • Capital flows and technology flows: technology-acquisition strategies in developing countries in Handbook of Global Science, Technology and Innovation, 2015
    • Labour's record on Financial Regulation
      Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2013
    • Customer anger, e-wom and incentives for quality provision
      Journal of Economics Behavior & Organization, 2012
    • Community pressure for green behaviour
      Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, 2012
    • The limits of supervision
    • Default traps
      in Sovereign Debt: From Safety to Default, Wiley, 2011
    • Liquidity preference and information
      in Dimensions of Economic Theory and Policy, OUP, 2011
    • Regulatory attitudes and environmental innovation
      Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, 2011
    • Regulating altruistic agents
      Canadian Journal of Economics, 2011
    • Persistent gaps and default traps
      Journal of Development Economics, 2009
    • Enforcement missions: targets vs budgets
      Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, 2009
    • Internationalization of firms from China and India 
      Industrial and Corporate Change, 2009
    • An economic model of whistleblower policy 
      Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, 2009
    • Literacy in India
      in Concise Oxford Companion to Economics in India, 2009

    Professional experience

    • Director, Executive Education, Dept of Economics, Birkbeck
    • Founder-Director, Postgraduate programmes in e-commerce, 1999-2008
    • Visiting Associate Professor, George Washington University, 2001
    • Consultant, United Nations, 2001-02
    • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1996
    • Lecturer, University of Cambridge, 1991-92

    Contact details

    Phone: (+44) 20 7631 6405
    Email: s.kapur @
    Room: 719
    Office hours: email for appointment

    Current news

    • ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

      The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP invites applications for three postdoctoral fellowships (PDFs) to be based within departments at the partner institutions within the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP): University College London, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of East London.

    • Competition for ESRC Studentships for October 2018 entry is now open

      ESRC PhD Scholarships for 2018 entry are available via UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) for suitable candidates.

    • Sundstrom Scholarships for 2017/18 Entry

      Two Home/EU scholarships for MSc programmes are available in the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics.