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Portrait of Professor Caroline Elliott Professor Caroline Elliott | 01484 471032


Position: Professor of Industrial Economics - Strategy, Marketing and Economics
Qualifications:BA(Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA
Research Group: Business Education Research Group(BERG), Global Advances in Marketing, Branding and Innovation(GAMBI), Quantitative Analysis Research Group

Caroline has been Professor of Industrial Economics at the University of Huddersfield since January 2014. She started her career as a research assistant at the University of Manchester, before working as a lecturer then senior lecturer at Lancaster University. She has also taught at the Universities of Liverpool and Kentucky. Caroline leads the Quantitative Analysis Research Group and she is an editor of Cogent Economics and Finance, and The Economics Review. She has won a number of awards for teaching, including the inaugural Economics Network Teaching Award, and the Lancaster University Sir Alastair Pilkington Teaching Prize. She has had a long association with The Economics Network, and continues to be an Associate and Departmental Contact for The Economics Network.

Employment History:

  • Professor of Industrial Economics, University of Huddersfield, 2014 onwards
  • Senior Lecturer and previously Lecturer, Lancaster University, 1994-2013
  • Research Assistant, University of Manchester, 1992-1994

1998 PhD Economics and Econometrics University of Manchester
1992 MA Economics University of Manchester
1991 BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics Oxford University

Research and Scholarship

Caroline is an applied Industrial Economist, interested in competitive forces in markets. Currently her research focuses on education and cultural markets. In terms of her work on the education sector, Caroline is researching the UK Independent School sector, in light of the fee-setting cartel that operated in the early 2000s. She is also extending her existing research into Business Schools, and in particular MBA degrees. Having previously worked on the UK film industry, ICaroline is now extending this work to consider the Chinese film industry, in light of its dramatic growth in recent years.

Caroline also leads the Quantitative Analysis Research Group in the Business School.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Izquierdo Sanchez, S., Elliott, C. and Simmons, R. (2016) ‘Substitution between leisure activities: a quasi-natural experiment using sports viewing and cinema attendanceApplied Economics . ISSN 0003-6846

Elliott, C. and Soo, K. (2016) ‘The Impact of MBA Programme Attributes on Post-MBA SalariesEducation Economics . ISSN 0964-5292

Elliott, C., Konara, P. and Wei, Y. (2016) ‘Competition, Cooperation and Regulatory Intervention Impacts on Independent School FeesInternational Journal of the Economics of Business . ISSN 1357-1516


Elliott, C. and Neal, D. (2015) ‘Evaluating the use of lecture capture using a revealed preference approachActive Learning in Higher Education . ISSN 1469-7874


Elliott, C (2014) ‘Possible Uses of a PRS in Economics Teaching’. In: A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in HE. : Routledge. . ISBN 978-0-415-70996-5


Elliott, C. and Soo, K. (2013) ‘The International Market for MBA QualificationsEconomics of Education Review , 34, pp. 162-174. ISSN 0272-7757


Elliott, C. and Soo, K. (2012) The Returns to an MBA Degree: The Impact of Programme Attributes Lancaster, UK: Lancaster University


Elliott, C. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘Factors Determining UK Album SuccessApplied Economics , 43 (30), pp. 4699-4706. ISSN 0003-6846

Elliott, C. and Simmons, R. (2011) ‘Advertising Media Strategies in the Film IndustryApplied Economics , 43 (29), pp. 4461-4468. ISSN 0003-6846


Elliott, C., Lenton, P. and Wei, Y. (2010) ‘The Effect of Government Policy on Tobacco Advertising StrategiesBulletin of Economic Research , 62 (3), pp. 243-258. ISSN 0307-3378

Elliott, C. and Wei, Y. (2010) ‘The Impact of Regulatory Intervention on the UK Store Card IndustryInternational Journal of the Economics of Business , 17 (1), pp. 87-98. ISSN 1357-1516

Soo, K. and Elliott, C. (2010) ‘Does Price Matter? Overseas Students in UK Higher EducationEconomics of Education Review , 29, pp. 553-565. ISSN 0272-7757


Elliott, C. and Simmons, R. (2008) ‘Determinants of Box Office Success: The Impact of Quality SignalsReview of Industrial Organization , 33 (2), pp. 93-111. ISSN 0889-938X


Member of the Network of Industrial Economists, organising their 2013, 2004 and 1998 annual conferences.

2013 joined the editorial board of The Economics Review

2013 onwards, member of the editorial board of The Economics Network Discussion Paper Series

2012 onwards, member of the editorial board of the journal Cogent Economics and Finance.


  • 2010 Best Paper Prize, International Journal of the Economics of Business, with Y. Wei
  • 2001 Winner, Economics Network Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • 1999 British Institute for Energy Economics Jane Carter Prize, with M. Acutt
  • 1998 Sir Alastair Pilkington Lancaster University Teaching Award

Research Degree Supervision

At Lancaster University Caroline supervised three PhD students: on firm size and growth; the environmental Kuznets curve; and the UK film industry.

She is particularly interested in supervising students interested in education markets; the film and music industries; firms’ strategic use of advertising; and the impact of competition policies.

Enterprise Activities

Associate Consulant, ICS Consulting, 2003 onwards

Teaching and Professional Activities

Caroline teaches the following midules:

  • MSc Microeconomics: module convenor and lecturer
  • Year 3 Industrial Economics: module convenor and lecturer
  • Year 1 Introduction to Microeconomics: module convenor and lecturer

Teaching and Professional Activities and Memberships

Economics external examiner for Warwick Business School (2012 – 2015) and The University of Nottingham Business School (2011 – 2014). I have previously been an external examiner for the University of Bradford (2006-2010) and the University of the West of England (2004 – 2008).

Associate and Key Contact for The Economics Network, running various teaching seminars each year and being on judging panels a number of times.

Member of the A Level Economics Strategic Advisory Committee for Pearson Education, 2012 onwards.

Assessor, Internal Subject Review of Economics, Newcastle University, 2014.

Assessor, The York Management School Periodic Review, 2012.

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