Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

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[Photo: Christopher A. PISSARIDES] Professor Sir Christopher A. PISSARIDES
Associate - Macro Programme
Tel:  020 7955 7513
Room/Desk: LSE  32L 1.23

School Professor of Economics & Political Science and Regius Professor Designate (Nobel Laureate in Economics Sciences, 2010)

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Expertise: Macroeconomics of labour markets, structural change, economic growth


Christopher Pissarides is the School Professor of Economics and Political Science and Regius Professor Designate at the London School of Economics. In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work with Peter Diamond and Dale Mortensen on the analysis of markets with search frictions. He was recently appointed chair of the National Economic Council of Cyprus, and was knighted for his services to economics in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, June 2013.


  • Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, 2010
  • Vice President (2009), President Elect (2010) and President (2011), European Economic Association

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

See also Publications on LSE Research Online book

CEP Publications:

  • Unemployment in the Great Recession
    Christopher A. Pissarides, May 2013
    Paper No' CEPDP1210: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Welfare Policy and the Distribution of Hours of Work
    L. Rachel Ngai, Christopher A. Pissarides, December 2009
    Paper No' CEPDP0962: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Employment Outcomes in the Welfare State
    L. Rachel Ngai, Christopher A. Pissarides, February 2008
    Paper No' CEPDP0856: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Ins and Outs of European Unemployment
    Barbara Petrongolo, Christopher A. Pissarides, February 2008
    Paper No' CEPDP0853: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Unemployment Volatility Puzzle: Is Wage Stickiness the Answer?
    Christopher A. Pissarides, November 2007
    Paper No' CEPDP0839: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Unemployment and Hours of Work: The North Atlantic Divide Revisited
    Christopher A. Pissarides, October 2006
    Paper No' CEPDP0757: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Trends in Hours and Economic Growth
    L. Rachel Ngai, Christopher A. Pissarides, August 2006
    Paper No' CEPDP0746: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Lisbon Five Years Later. What future for European employment and growth?
    Christopher A. Pissarides, July 2006
    Paper No' CEPOP20: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • What Future for European Jobs?
    Christopher A. Pissarides, June 2006
    Paper No' CEPCP198: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    This is an edited version of the keynote address by Christopher Pissarides delivered at the Austrian Presidency conference on Innovations in Labour Market Policies: Challenges in Times of Globalisation,Vienna, 16-17 February 2006.

  • Understanding Labour Markets
    Christopher A. Pissarides, December 2005
    Paper No' CEPCP196: Full paper (pdf)

  • Is New Technology Good or Bad for Jobs?
    Christopher A. Pissarides, February 2005
    Paper No' CEPCP168: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    More details on the research discussed here are in Christopher A. Pissarides and Giovanna Vallanti 'Productivity Growth and Employment:Theory and Panel Estimates’, CEP Discussion Paper No. 663

  • Productivity Growth and Employment: Theory and Panel Estimates
    Christopher A. Pissarides, Giovanna Vallanti, December 2004
    Paper No' CEPDP0663: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Balanced Growth With Structural Change
    L. Rachel Ngai, Christopher A. Pissarides, April 2004
    Paper No' CEPDP0627: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Unemployment in Britain: A European Success Story
    Christopher A. Pissarides, December 2003
    Paper No' CEPDP0600: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Scale Effects in Markets with Search
    Barbara Petrongolo, Christopher A. Pissarides, June 2003
    Paper No' CEPDP0571: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Consumption and Savings with Unemployment Risk: Implications for Optimal Employment Contracts
    Christopher A. Pissarides, August 2002
    Paper No' CEPDP0542: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Trade and Industrial Location with Heterogeneous Labor
    Mary Amiti, Christopher A. Pissarides, August 2002
    Paper No' CEPDP0541: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Company Start-Up Costs and Employment
    Christopher A. Pissarides, March 2002
    Paper No' CEPDP0520: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Taxes, Subsidies and Equilibrium Labor Market Outcomes
    Dale T. Mortensen, Christopher A. Pissarides, March 2002
    Paper No' CEPDP0519: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Looking Into the Black Box: A Survey of the Matching Function
    Barbara Petrongolo, Christopher A. Pissarides, September 2000
    Paper No' CEPDP0470: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Hopes and Disillusions
    Veronique Kessler, Christopher A. Pissarides, June 1999
    Paper No' CEPCP075:

  • Job Reallocation, Employment Fluctuations and Unemployment
    Dale T. Mortensen, Christopher A. Pissarides, April 1999
    Paper No' CEPDP0421: Read Abstract

  • The Impact of Employment Tax Cuts on Unemployment and Wages: The Role of Unemployment Benefits and Tax Structure
    Christopher A. Pissarides, August 1997
    Paper No' CEPDP0361: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Economic Growth: How Much Does Education Count
    Christopher A. Pissarides, October 1996
    Paper No' CEPCP013:

  • Technological Progress
    Dale T. Mortensen, Christopher A. Pissarides, September 1995
    Paper No' CEPDP0264: Full paper (pdf)
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Job Creation and Job Destruction in the Theory of Unemployment
    Dale T. Mortensen, Christopher A. Pissarides, May 1993
    Paper No' CEPDP0110: Read Abstract
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Unemployment, Consumption and Growth
    C Bean, Christopher A. Pissarides, September 1992
    Paper No' CEPDP0100: Read Abstract
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Search Theory at Twenty-One
    Christopher A. Pissarides, August 1992
    Paper No' CEPDP0090: Read Abstract
    Paper copy now out of print.

  • Search Unemployment with on-the-job Search
    Christopher A. Pissarides, May 1992
    Paper No' CEPDP0074: Read Abstract

  • Macroeconomic Adjustment and Poverty in Selected Developed Countries
    Christopher A. Pissarides, November 1990
    Paper No' CEPDP0013: Read Abstract

  • Who are the Unemployed?
    Christopher A. Pissarides, Jonathan Wadsworth, November 1990
    Paper No' CEPDP0012: Read Abstract

  • Labour Market Policies and Unemployment in the OECD
    Richard Jackman, Christopher A. Pissarides, S Savouri, November 1990
    Paper No' CEPDP0011: Read Abstract