The Economics Department has a long-standing international reputation in Education, Labour and Health Economics. A range of contributions have been made in Education Economics to areas such as the returns to education, the role of competition in school performance and the efficiency of educational production. In addition, this group has published work on a range of wider issues in labour economics such as labour supply, performance related pay, migration and worker effort decisions.
Current research by this group focuses on a range of issues including cross-country evidence on school to work transitions, labour market performance in transition economies, executive compensation, and the economics of professional sports markets. Recently, the group has diversified into health economics in collaboration with the Division of Health in the Medical School. This has led to a range of projects including the effect of winter fuel payments on elderly health (ESRC-Funded) and the effect of alcohol availability on a range of outcomes such as traffic accidents and workplace absenteeism. In addition, there are several ESRC CASE/MRC funded PhD students that are jointly supervised with DHR.
The group is involved in a range of editorial activity. Geraint Johnes founded the journal Education Economics in 1993 and remained editor for 10 years, while Jill Johnes was Book Review editor over the same period. With the later work of Steve Bradley and Colin Green as successive editors it has become a leading journal in its field. Ian Walker has served as Editor-in-Chief of Labour Economics, is a Fellow of the European Economic Association (EEA) and a member of the Executive of the European Association of Labour Economics (EALE). Rob Simmons has served as the President of the North American Association of Sports Economists and is current editor ofInternational Journal of Sport Finance. Colin Green and Giuseppe Migali organise the annual International Workshop on Applied of Economics of Education (IWAEE), while Green is associate editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
In addition, there are several ESRC CASE/MRC funded PhD students that are jointly supervised with DHR. The group is also actively involved with policy related to the labour market, most notably Geraint Johnes is currently the Director of The Work Foundation and is engaged with a variety of issues related to labour and government policy more broadly.
Potential PhD topics
The group would particularly welcome applications from well-qualified candidates interested in pursuing PhD study in any of the following areas: the Economics of Education, Labour Economics, Health Economics, Sports Economics and Personnel Economics.