BSc, MSc, PhD
Senior Lecturer in International Business Economics, Programme Leader, BSc Hons Economics & Economics with Banking
Department of International Business and Economics
Dr Edna Solomon joined University of Greenwich Business School in 2011. Dr Solomon obtained a PhD in economics from the University of Essex in 2010, where she also worked as a research officer and a part-time lecturer in the Department of Economics.
Dr Solomon's principal area of research is foreign direct investment and the multinational firm, firm productivity, economic growth and panel data econometrics. She is a member of the Royal Economic Society. She is currently working on an ESRC funded research project examining the effectiveness of the R&D tax credit policy on R&D expenditure in the UK – and the effect of R&D expenditure on firm productivity and employment.
Responsibilities within the university
- Programme leader: BSc Economics and BSc Economics with Banking (from September 2015)
- Course leader: Global Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics
- Joint Lecturer: Global Business
- Personal tutor
2011: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Economia: Award of the fifth prize of Economic Research of Ensayos Revista de Economia. The paper, "An Empirical Analysis of Foreign Direct Investment on Economic Growth" was given the award for being among the best eight papers.
Edna's research examines the effect of foreign direct investment (FDI) and the multinational firm on economic growth and firm level productivity. She is interested in growth economics which, in her view, is the first step to improving the wellbeing of societies. Edna is also interested in the determinants of firm productivity, being an important contributor to economic growth. Her empirical research involves the use of panel datasets – hence, she is interested in applied panel data econometric methods.
Recent funded projects
ESRC project, Evaluation of R&D expenditures, firm survival, firm growth and employment: UK evidence in OECD context, with Prof Mehmet Ugur (lead researcher), Dr Eshref Trushin (Durham university) and Dr Francesco Guidi. June 2013 to December 2014.
The research aims to investigate the effectiveness of the UK R&D tax credits policy on R&D expenditures and to examine the effect of R&D expenditures on firm survival, productivity and employment. The first part of the research aims to examine whether R&D policy is of value to the taxpayer by investigating whether it has achieved its purpose of increasing R&D effort of UK firms. The second part examines whether R&D expenditure by firms affects firm survival, productivity and employment. If R&D expenditures are key determines of firm survival and growth, then a policy implication is that R&D expenditures must be stimulated.
Bramati, M., Gaggero, A. and Solomon, E. (2015), International Trade and Domestic Competition: Evidence from Belgium, Review of Industrial Organisation, vol 46 (4), pp. 383-399.
Breinlich, H, Niemann, S. and Solomon, E. (2012), "Channels of size adjustment and firm performance", Economics Letters, 116, pp.202-206.
Recent conference presentations
The Royal Economic Society Conference, 19th April 2011: A Comparison of Spillovers from British vs Foreign Multinationals in the UK economy.
The Royal Economic Society Conference, 2009: Does the Sectoral Allocation of Foreign Direct Investment Matter for Productivity?
The Economic and Social Science Data Service (ESDS) International Annual Conference, 2006: Do Host Country Factors Affect the Contribution of Foreign Direct Investment to Economic Growth?