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Dr Hanna Szymborska

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Economics
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences & Global Studies
  • Economics
  • hanna.szymborska

Professional biography


Journals & Working Papers

Szymborska, H.K. (2018) “Household wealth structures and position in the income distribution – econometric analysis for the USA, 1989-2013”, Post Keynesian Economics Society Working Paper No. 1806. Available at:

Szymborska, H.K. (2016) "Financial Sector Transformation and Income Inequality - an Empirical Approach", E-Finanse Financial Internet Quarterly, 12(2), pp. 36-48.

Dymski, G.A., Kaltenbrunner, A. and Szymborska, H.K. (2015) "Financialization and Inequality: A European Challenge", Queries, Summer 2015, Issue 7.

Szymborska, H.K. and Szymborski, J. (2015) "Health Inequalities as a Challenge to Socio-Economic Sustainability", Queries, Summer 2015, Issue 7.

Review of J. Hills et al. Wealth in the UK: Distribution, Accumulation and Policy, Oxford University Press 2013, published in Economic Issues, Vol. 19, Part 2, September 2014. Available here.

Book chapters

Szymborska, H.K. “How can policy tackle inequality in the 21st century?”. In: Monvoisin, V. and Rochon L. (eds.) Finance, Growth and Inequality: Post Keynesian Perspectives. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, forthcoming.

Szymborska, H.K. (2019) “Financialisation and Economic Inequality in Latin America”, in: Levy, N. and Bustamante, J. (eds.) Financialisation in Latin America: Challenges of the export-led growth model. London: Routledge.

Szymborska, H.K. (2017) "Inequality in the Twenty-First Century – in Need of a New Theory?".     In: Opolski, K. and Gemzik-Salwach, A., eds, Financialisation and the Economy, Routledge.

Szymborska, H.K. (2017) "Luxemburg and the Balance of Power in the 21st Century". In: Delheim, J. and Wolf, F.O., eds. Rosa Luxemburg: A Permanent Challenge for Political Economy, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Szymborska, H.K. and Toporowski, J. (2014) "'Dr. Kalecki' on Mr Keynes". In: Toporowski, J. and Mamica, Ł., eds. (2014) Michał Kalecki in the 21st Century, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Co-translator and co-editor of Kowalik, T. (2014) Rosa Luxemburg Theory of accumulation and imperialism, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Policy report

Szymborska, H.K. (2019) "Wealth inequality in the European Union". In: Sweeney, R., and Wilson, R. (eds.) Cherishing All Equally 2019 Report, Dublin: Think-tank Action for Social Change.

Doctoral thesis 

Szymborska, H.K. (2017) Financial sector and household balance sheet dynamics: Rethinking the determinants of income and wealth inequality in the USA since the 1980s. PhD thesis, University of Leeds. Available here.

Accreditations and awards

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Winner of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy EAEPE-Simon Young Scholar Prize for the best conference paper

Winner of the 1+3 Scholarship Award for MSc and Doctoral study at the University of Leeds (2013-2017)


PhD Economics, University of Leeds. Supervised by: Prof Gary Dymski, Prof Giuseppe Fontana, Dr Peter Phelps. Thesis title: "Financial sector and household balance sheet dynamics: Rethinking the determinants of income and wealth inequality in the USA since the 1980s"

MSc Economics, University of Leeds.

BSc Economics, SOAS, University of London.

Research interests

Inequality, financial macroeconomics, consumer theory, history of economic thought, gender economics, development economics, econometrics, economic modelling

Teaching interests

I am involved in teaching of the following modules at the OU:

DD209 Running the Economy

M348 Advanced Statistical Modelling

DD126 Economics in Context

Impact and engagement

I wrote about my research on the Developing Economics blog (click here) and the Leeds University Business School Research and Innovation Blog (Click here).

I have been involved in numerous media engagements. Read my interview on the state of the global economy for (Click here, in Polish).

I have led the development of OpenLearn course on inequality. Click here to explore.

I participated in the Three Minute Thesis and poster competition at the University of Leeds Postgraduate Showcase 2015.

External collaborations

Assistant Economist for the Department of Health (Oct-Dec 2017)

Economics Editor for Palgrave Macmillan, "The Statesman's Yearbook" (Nov 2015 - Jan 2018)


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