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Franz Buscha is a professor of economics at the University of Westminster.
Franz joined the University of Westminster as a research fellow at the Centre for Employment Research (CER) in 2006 after completing his PhD in economics at Lancaster University. Since then Franz has actively contributed to wide range of CER projects, including policy evaluation and bespoke econometric advice to a variety of government departments. These include the Ministry of Defence, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Education, and the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy.
Franz is also the college director of research for the Westminster Business School. In this capacity Franz is responsible for the management of Westminster Business School's research portfolio, building and maintaining research culture, and overseeing the research activities of 200 academics.
Franz's personal research interests are in education economics, labor economics, and applied econometrics. Franz has made scientific contributions to issues such as social mobility, measuring the returns to education, the effect of weather of happiness and identity formation. He has been involved in numerous funded research projects from research councils and government departments.
He has published in leading journals such as Economics of Education Review, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, the British Journal of Political Science and the British Journal of Sociology. Franz has also contributed to numerous policy reports and his research has been covered by media outlets such as BBC news, BBC Radio 4, The Economist, The Guardian, The Times, and Huffington Post. Franz also has a monthly radio program called Policy Matters on Share Radio.