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Current Positions and Contact Details:

University of Essex, Professor of Economics

Royal Economic Society Easter School, Director

Essex Economic Commission, member

Department of Economics
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Essex CO4 3SQ

Tel: +44 1206 87 27 58
E-mail: esmith (non-Essex users add @essex.ac.uk)

Course Information and Documentation

General Information

My office number is 5B.207    

My regular office hours are Monday, 3.30-4.30 and Tuesday 10.30-11.30. I am around most days and happy to meet with students after 3.00 if available

Course Materials

        Lecture notes for EC355 Public Economic and for EC365 Monopoly and Regulation are available on the Course Material Repository (CMR)




Recent Papers and Publications

·         “Opportunistic Matching in the Housing Market”, with J. Albrecht, A. Anderson and S. Vroman, International Economic Review, 48:2 (2007) pp. 641-663.

·         “Asset Accumulation and Short-Term Employment,” with M. Browning and T. Crossley, Review of Economic Dynamics, 10 (2007), pp. 400-423.

·          “Limited Duration Employment,” Review of Economic Dynamics, 10 (2007) pp. 444-471.

·         “Marketplace Matching: Evidence from Individual Unemployment Spells in Britain, with M-Y Kuo, Labour Economics, 16 (2009) pp. 37-46.

·          “Price Distributions and Competition” with K. Burdett, Economic Letters, 106 (2010), 180-3.

·         “Sector Specific Human Capital and the Distribution of Income”, Journal of Human Capital, 4 (2010), pp. 35-61.

·         “A Picture of Stock-Flow Unemployment in the UK,” with M. Coles and P. Jones, Macroeconomic Dynamics, 14:4 (2010), pp 427-53.

·         “Job Search with Bidder Memories,” with C. Carrillo-Tudela and G. Menzio, International Economic Review, 52:3 (2011), pp. 639-55

·         “Human Capital Portfolios,” with Pedro Silos, Review of Economic Dynamics, 18:3 (2015), pp 635-652.

·         “Search Capital,” with Carlos Carrillo-Tudela, Review of Economic Dynamics, 23:1 (2017), pp 191-211.

·         “Wage Dynamics and Wage Dispersion Within and Across Firms” with Carlos Carillo-Tudela, IZA Discussion Paper No. 4031, February 2009

·         “High and Low Activity Spells in Housing Markets,” CESifo Working Paper 5601, September 2015, latest version July 2017

For further details see my CV :


Biographical Information

Place of Birth: New York City, NY

BA, Williams College 1983
PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1990

Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Writes: Left
Major League Totals: N/A

Eric lives in Wivenhoe with his wife and young son, owns a beach hut in Frinton-on-Sea, serves as Treasurer of the Colne Social Club snooker club, and is part owner of his local pub, the Black Buoy.



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