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Research at St Andrews

David Tregear Ulph


David Tregear Ulph
Postal address:
School of Economics & Finance
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462425

Research overview

I have a number of major research interests.

(i)  Design and Enforcement of Competition Policy:  optimal penalties; measuring the effectiveness of competition authority interventions; legal uncertainty; substantive standards.

 (ii)  Tax Avoidance:  design and administration of tax systems to counter avoidance;  measuring complexity of tax systems; drivers of tax avoidance; competition and tax avoidance;  the socio-economic consequences of avoidance;   the design and effectiveness of policies to counter avoidance.

(iii) Individual Behaviour in a  Social Context:  Keeping up with Joneses; consumption norms; ethical behaviour and altruism.

(iv)  Climate Change:  the design of policies to tackle climate change; role of uncertainty and commitment;  Green Paradox and optimal depletion of oil; implications for policy of alternative models of individual behaviour.

(iv)  Design and Administration of Tax Benefit Systems:  Design of tax-benefit systems when there are enforcement errors - selection errors and ex-post conditionality;  design of tax systems when individual behaviour is affected by social considerations.



PhD research projects available

1. Design of Penalty Regimes for Anti-Competitive Behaviour 2. Measuring the Effectiveness of Competition Authorities 3. Design of Competition policy for highly innovative industries 4. Effects of Competition on Company Misbehaviour 5. Individual Well-Being and Behaviour in presence of norms

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