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Diego Morris

Senior Lecturer


Staff Group(s)
Applied Economics and Policy (Research Group)


Senior Lecturer in Economics

Career overview

Diego’s research covers microeconomic issues related to labour markets, trade, international business, innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and as book chapters and he has over ten years work experience in economic research, teaching, management and public policy formulation, having worked for three different universities and an international development institution, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Diego holds a PhD and MRes in Economics from the University of Manchester, a MSc in Business and Financial Economics and a first-class honours BSc in Economics and Statistics from the University of the West Indies.

Research areas

Diego’s research interests lie at the intersection of development, labour markets and industrial economics. Specifically, his research interests include:

  • Labour Market Functionality
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Crime and Corruption
  • Productivity

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External activity

Diego has a long track record of undertaking short term consultancies for International Development Agencies supporting economic research, project design and project implementation in the Caribbean sub-region.


Journal Articles

King Yoong Lim & Diego Morris. (2022). Thresholds in natural resource rents and state owned enterprise profitability: Cross country evidence, Volume 106 (C).

King Yoong Lim & Diego Morris (2020). The Economics of the Illicit Drugs-for-Guns Trade and Growth. Economic Modelling, Volume 91(c): 218-232.

Diego Morris (2018). Innovation and Productivity among Heterogeneous Firms. Research Policy, Volume 47(10): 1918-1932.

Winston Moore & Diego Morris (2012). Product-level Estimation of Import Demand: Simulating the Effects of Tariff Harmonisation. The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Volume 21(5): 655-676.

Book Contributions
Diego Morris (2017). Access to Financing and Innovation in Caribbean Firms”. In Exploring Firm Level Innovation and Productivity in Developing Countries: The Perspectives of Caribbean States. Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.

Roland Craigwell, Winston Moore, Diego Morris & Deslisle Worrell (2011). Price Rigidity: A Survey of Evidence from Micro-Level Data. In Price Rigidity Formation and Inflation Dynamics in the Caribbean. Centre for Money and Finance, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago.

Working Papers
King Yoong Lim & Diego Morris (2021). Business Optimism and the Innovation-Profitability Nexus: Introducing the COVID-19 Adaptable Capacity Framework. NTU Working Paper Series.

King Yoong Lim & Diego Morris (2021). Innovation, Remote Working Capacity and Productivity during the COVID- 19 Pandemic. NTU Working Paper Series.

Matias Cortes & Diego Morris (2020). Are Routine Jobs Moving South? Changes in Occupational Composition of Employment in the U.S. and Mexico. WIDER Working Paper 2020/11. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER.

King Yoong Lim & Diego Morris (2020). Performance in State-Owned Enterprises and Resource Wealth: Cross- Country Evidence. NTU Working Paper Series.

King Yoong Lim & Diego Morris (2019). Learning Before and After the Global Crisis: Firm-level Innovation in Latin America. NTU Working Paper Series.

King Yoong Lim & Diego Morris (2018). Modelling the Illicit Drugs-For-Guns Trade: A Unified Growth and Trade Framework. NTU Working Paper Series.