Dr Mary Silles

Head of Economics

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


01482 463828

Dr Mary Silles has been at Hull University Business School since September 2012.

Prior to joining the University of Hull, she held positions at the International Monetary Fund, University of Chicago, the University of Copenhagen, and the National University of Ireland.


Research Interests

  • Economics of education

  • Labour economics

  • International trade


Silles M, 'The Intergenerational Transmission of Education: New Evidence from Adoptions in the United States', Economica (2017)

Silles M, 'The Impact of Children on Women's Labour Supply and Earnings in the United Kingdom: Evidence Using Twin Births', Oxford Economic Papers, DOI: 10.1093/oep/gpv055 (2015)

Silles M and Abbott A, 'Determinants of International Student Migration', The World Economy, DOI: 10.1111/twec.12319 (2015)

Silles M, Hyland M, Layte R, Lyons S and McCoy S, 'Links between Government Broadband Subsidies for Primary Schools, Classroom Internet Use and Academic Performance: Evidence from Ireland', Economic and Social Review 46(3): pp 399-428 (2015)

Silles, M, 'The Causal Effect of Schooling on Smoking Behaviour, Economics of Education Review 48(5): pp 102-116 (2015)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Macroeconomics

Research PhDs

Dr Mary Silles welcomes applications in the fields of economics of education and labour economics.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (University of Oxford, St John's College)

  • MA, BComm (University College Dublin)