Portrait of Dr Swati Virmani Dr Swati Virmani

s.virmani@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472346


Position: Research Assistant, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Qualifications: BA(Hons), MA, PhD, FHEA

Swati Virmani joined the University of Huddersfield as a Research Assistant in 2016. Her previous experiences include working as Teaching Associate in the Department of Economics, Lancaster University Management School (September 2014 - April 2016); Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester (October 2010 - May 2014); Research Analyst at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, India (August 2009 - September 2010); and as Co-Researcher at the School of Business Administration, Oakland University, Michigan, USA (May - July 2008)


  • 2014 - PhD Economics, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2009 - MA Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India
  • 2007 - BA (Hons) Economics, Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, India

Research and Scholarship

Swati’s primary research interests are in the fields of Development, Business & Innovation Economics, Applied Econometrics (Macro & Micro), and Impact Evaluation Analysis. Her academic research incorporates skills based on Time Series and Panel Data Econometric Techniques, such as Error Correction Model, Vector Autoregressive Models, Fixed & Random Effects Regression, and Dynamic Panel Co-integration Techniques.

Her research output includes a number of independent journal articles, and presentations at both national and international conferences. She has recently presented at the Scottish Economic Society Conference 2016, and has presented twice at the prestigious Royal Economic Society (RES) Annual Conference – 2014 & 2015. Her international conferences’ attendance includes – 11th GLOBELICS International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development, and the 10th GLOBELICS International Conference on Innovation and Development.

Impact generation associated with research on technology transfers – Swati aims to study the economic impact of OFDI embodied technology transfers on human capital. Her ongoing research includes a paper that looks at the impact of technology transfers on skill intensity in the services oriented industries in India. The article analyses and estimate whether technology spillovers are skill biased. This research has the potential for impact beyond academia in pointing out the implications for capital deepening process.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Johnes, J., Allcock, D. and Virmani, S. (2017) ‘Efficiency and VC pay: Exploring the value conundrum’. In: 15th European workshop on efficiency and productivity analysis EWEPA, 12-15th June 2017, London


Amann, E. and Virmani, S. (2015) Is the evolution of India’s Outward FDI consistent with Dunning’s Investment Development Path sequence? Lancaster: Lancaster University

Amann, E. and Virmani, S. (2015) ‘Foreign direct investment and reverse technology spilloversOECD Journal: Economic Studies , 2014 (1), pp. 129-153. ISSN 1995-2848


Bora, R. and Virmani, S. (2011) ‘Attaining Comprehensive Development: A Comparative Study of Demographic, Migration and Socio-Economic TrendsThe India Economy Review , 7, pp. 122-129.


Virmani, S. and Murphy, A. (2010) ‘An Empirical Analysis of Residential Mortgage Refinancing Decision-Making.Journal of Housing Research , 19 (2), pp. 129-138. ISSN 1052-7001


  • 2016 - Reviewer for the GLOBELICS International Conference

Research Degree Supervision

Swati is interested in supervising students around the following areas:

  1. Explore the important factors central to the pursuit of economic growth in Developing & Emerging Economies – Outward FDI, Reverse Technology Spillovers, and Total Factor Productivity.
  2. Analyse the growing economic theory and emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation to spur higher productivity.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Swati teaches the following Modules:

  • Year 3 Economic Theory and Applications: Lecturer
  • Year 2 Quantitative Economics: Lecturer
  • Year 1 Introduction to Microeconomics: Lecturer