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Rob is currently a Senior Lecturer in Economics and began working at the University of Huddersfield in September 2013.

Rob is originally from Heywood in North Manchester and joined to the University of Huddersfield in order to pursue an academic career which would allow him to further develop his research and teaching interests.

After completing his first degree in economics, with an accounting specialism at the Victoria University of Manchester, Rob began working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers as an auditor, primarily working with insurance companies such as the Royal & Sun Alliance and Royal Liver.

After completing his PhD thesis Rob worked as an economist at Bury Council, providing analysis of adult care services, with a focus on pricing telecare systems available in the area, and performing cost-benefit analysis of the technology. Following this,he moved to Wales where he began work in the methodology department of the Office for National Statistics, where he worked primarily on index number methodology and on methods employed in the National Accounts. Significant pieces of work completed at ONS included an analysis of consumer demand, and its implications for price indices and providing technical support to the National Statistician's review of the Retail Prices Index. He retains an interest in the area of inflation measurement co-authored a textbook on the subject in collaboration with colleagues at ONS in 2015.

While a PhD student at Manchester Rob taught on modules including Econometrics, Microeconomics, Business Forecasting and Marketing Research, and while at ONS he also designed and taught a range of courses related to index number construction for a range of audiences.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Financial econometrics 
  • Measurement methods for inflation 

Research Degree Supervision

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agglomeration Earth & Environmental Sciences
manufacturing Earth & Environmental Sciences
Numerate Mathematics
human capital Earth & Environmental Sciences
Official Statistics Mathematics
relatedness Earth & Environmental Sciences
economic activity Earth & Environmental Sciences
urbanization Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2015 2019

A brief survey on the choice of parameters for: "Kernel density estimation for time series data"

Semeyutin, A. & O'Neill, R., 1 Nov 2019, In : North American Journal of Economics and Finance. 50, p. 1-20 20 p., 101038.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kernel density estimation
Time series data

A Multivariate Kernel Approach to Forecasting the Variance Covariance of Stock Market Returns

Becker, R., Clements, A. & O'Neill, R., Mar 2018, In : Econometrics. 6, 1, p. 1-27 27 p., 7.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Stock market returns
Covariance matrix
Stock returns
2 Citations (Scopus)

Inflation: History and Measurement

O'Neill, R., Ralph, J. & Smith, P., 1 Dec 2017, Palgrave Macmillan UK. 375 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Influence of Agglomeration Externalities on Manufacturing Growth Within Indonesian Locations

Ercole, R. & O'neill, R., 2 Mar 2017, In : Growth and Change. 48, 1, p. 91-126 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
human capital
economic activity

A Practical Introduction to Index Numbers

Ralph, J., O'Neill, R. & Winton, J., 14 Aug 2015, Chichester: Wiley. 232 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Official Statistics
Number of Components

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Oral presentation

Analysis of Sector Led Improvement of Children’s and Young People’s Services

Swati Virmani (Speaker), Jill Johnes (Speaker), Robert O'Neill (Speaker)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation