Dr Dimitrios Varvarigos

Associate Professor in Economics

School/Department: School of Business

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2184


Address: Office 2.05, Mallard House (Brookfield campus), 266 London Road, Leicester LE2 1RQ, United Kingdom


I completed my undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Piraeus, from which I graduated in 2000. Subsequently, I pursued postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester and obtained a PhD in Economics in 2005. Following an ESRC-funded post-doctoral post at the University of Manchester, I moved to a lecturer post at Loughborough University in 2006. I joined the University of Leicester in January 2008.


I am an applied economic theorist. My current interests and activities involve research on economic growth and development; cultural transmission; corruption and tax evasion; and demographic change. Previous research activities included work on growth and volatility and on the interrelation between economic activity and environmental quality. My work is published in journals such as Economic Theory, Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of Mathematical Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 



Representative publications:

Varvarigos, D. (2021). “Upstream intergenerational transfers in economic development: The role of family ties and their cultural transmission,” Journal of Mathematical Economics, 96, Article 102514.  

Varvarigos, D. (2020). “Cultural transmission, education-promoting attitudes, and economic development,” Review of Economic Dynamics, 37, 173-194. 

Ohinata, A., and Varvarigos, D. (2020). “Demographic transition and fertility rebound in economic development,” Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 122, 1640-1670.

Kontogiannis, N., Litina, A., and Varvarigos, D. (2019). “Occupation-induced status, social norms, and economic growth,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 163, 348-360. 

Varvarigos, D. (2017). “Cultural norms, the persistence of tax evasion, and economic growth,” Economic Theory, 63, 961‐995. 

Palivos, T., and Varvarigos, D. (2017) “Pollution abatement as a source of stabilisation and long‐run growth,” Macroeconomic Dynamics, 21, 644‐676. 

Varvarigos, D., and Arsenis, P. (2015) “Corruption, fertility, and human capital,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 109, 145‐162. 

Varvarigos, D., and Zakaria, I.Z. (2013) “Endogenous fertility in a growth model with public and private health expenditures,” Journal of Population Economics, 26, 67‐85.  

Varvarigos, D. (2010) “Inflation, volatile public spending, and endogenously sustained growth,” Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 34, 1893‐1906. 

Varvarigos, D. (2010) “Environmental degradation, longevity, and the dynamics of economic development,” Environmental and Resource Economics, 46, 59‐73. 

Blackburn, K., and Varvarigos, D. (2008) “Human capital accumulation and output growth in a stochastic environment,” Economic Theory, 36, 435‐452. 

Varvarigos, D. (2007) “Policy variability, productive spending, and growth,” Economica, 74, 299‐313. 





I am willing to supervise students who want to undertake research work that involves the adoption of dynamic economic models in the analysis of the following topics:

• Growth theory

• Cultural and social aspects in economic development

• Corruption and economic activity

• Demographic change 


I am teaching the following UG modules:

• EC3061: Development Economics

• EC3001: Advanced Macroeconomics 


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