Department of Economics,
The Management School,
Lancaster LA1 4YX
Office phone + 44 1524 594215
Office fax + 44 1524 594244
Home phone + 44 1524 770767
DATE OF BIRTH 26 April 1958
MARITAL STATUS Married (1987), three children (b. 1991, 1992 and 1994)
Professor of Economics, Lancaster University, 2000-date.
Reader in Economics, Lancaster University, 1999.
Senior Lecturer in Economics, Lancaster University, 1992-1999.
Lecturer (B) in Economics, Lancaster University, 1989-1992.
Lecturer (A) in Economics, Lancaster University, 1982-1989.
Visiting Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College (New Hampshire), 3 months during 1999.
Visiting Professor of Economics, Lehigh University (Pennsylvania), 1984,1987 and 1989 (total period of 12 months).
Visiting Research Scientist, Lehigh University, 1 month, 1990.
Visiting Fellow, Economics Program, Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, 3 months, 1995.
Penarth Grammar School 1969-1976
University of Bath 1976-1980
Lancaster University 1980-1981
University College, Cardiff 1981-1982
BSc: Economics and Government, University of Bath, Upper Second Class Honours, 1980.
MSc: Regional Economics, University of Lancaster, Awarded with Distinction, 1981.
PhD: 'The occupational mobility of unemployed labour', Lancaster University, 1987.
(Registration for this degree was initially at University College Cardiff, 1981-82.)
Economics of education
Spatial labour markets
Courses currently taught:
Introductory Macroeconomics (lecture groups of 150-200 first year students)
Labour Economics (25 final year students)
The Economics of Human Resource Management (MSc in International Business Ė 12 students)
Information Management (MSc lectures)
AUTHORED BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS
ARTICLES IN JOURNALS
The management of universities: Scottish Economic Society / Royal Bank of Scotland Annual Lecture, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 1999, 46, 505-522.
Itís different for girls: participation and occupational segregation in the US, Manchester School, 1999.
Schooling, fertility and the labour market experience of married women, Applied Economics, 1999, 31, 585-592.
Forecasting unemployment, Applied Economics Letters, 1999, 6, 605-607.House prices and regional labor markets, Annals of Regional Science, 1999, 33, 33-49 (with T. Hyclak).
Human capital versus sorting: new data and a new test, Applied Economics Letters, 1998, 5, 665-667.
The costs of multi-product organisations and the heuristic evaluation of industrial structure, Socio-economic Planning Sciences, 1998, 32, 199-209.
1997Costs and industrial structure in contemporary British higher education, Economic Journal, 1997, 107, 727-737.
Wage inflation and unemployment in Britain and America 1892-1991, Labour, 1997, 11, 373-390 (with T. Hyclak).
British employers and the Social Chapter: some survey evidence, Industrial Relations Journal, 28, 236-242 (with D. Sapsford, H. Armstrong and R. de Kervenoael).
Multi-product cost functions and the funding of tuition in UK universities, Applied Economics Letters, 3, 557-561.
Evaluating universities' preferences for teaching and research, Journal of Education Finance, 22, 214-219.
The determinants of real wage flexibility, Labour Economics, 2, 175-185 (with T.J. Hyclak).
Research funding and performance in UK university departments of economics: a frontier analysis, Economics of Education Review, 14, 301-314 (with J.Johnes).
Encouraging truthful revelation when monitoring is costly, Omega, 23, 231-234 (with R. Rothschild).
Scale and technical efficiency in the production of economic research: data envelopment analysis of the 1992 Research Assessment Exercise of British University departments of economics, Applied Economics Letters, 2, 7-11.
The determinants of student loan take-up in the UK, Applied Economics, 26, 999-1005.
Policy reforms and the theory of education finance, Journal of Economic Studies, 21(1), 3-15 (with J.Johnes).
House prices, migration and regional labor markets, Journal of Housing Economics, 3, 312-329 (with T.J. Hyclak).
Measuring the research performance of UK economics departments, Oxford Economic Papers, 45, 332-347 (with J. Johnes).
The role of transport costs as a determinant of price level differentials between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom, 1989, World Development, 21, 311-318 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A.I. MacBean).
Wage rigidity and cyclical unemployment, Industrial Relations Research Association Proceedings, 45, 524-530 (with T.J. Hyclak).
Regional wage inflation and unemployment dynamics in Great Britain, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 39,188-200 (with T.J. Hyclak).
Performance indicators in higher education: a survey of recent work, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 8(2), 19-34.
Apples and oranges: the aggregation problem in publications analysis, Scientometrics, 25, 353-365 (with J. Johnes).
House prices in a small island economy: the Isle of Man, Growth and Change, 22, 56-66.
Measures of research output: university departments of economics in the UK, 1983-88, Economic Journal, 100, 556-560.
Tax based incomes policies and productivity deals, Economics Letters, 34, 61-65.
Equilibrium, information and efficiency - the case of the NAIRU, Studies in Economic Analysis, 13, 3-11.
1989Real wage rigidity in regional labor markets in the UK, the US and West Germany, Journal of Regional Science, 29, 423-432 (with T.J. Hyclak).Real wages and unemployment in Europe: the regional dimension, Regional Studies, 23, 19-26 (with T.J. Hyclak).
Shake-outs and shake-ins of labour: an example of the Riemann-Hugoniot catastrophe?, Indian Journal of Economics, 36, 24-29.
Determinants of research output in economics departments in British universities, Research Policy, 17, 171-178.
Optimal tax progressivity under imperfect competition, Economics Letters, 22, 279-282.
Regional policy and industrial structure in the Welsh economy, Regional Studies, 21, 555-564.
On the determinants of full employment unemployment rates in local labour markets, Applied Economics, 19, 191-200 (with T.J. Hyclak).
The employability of new graduates: a study of differences between UK universities, Applied Economics, 19, 695-710 (with J. Taylor and G. Ferguson).
Cost structures in a large hospital for the mentally handicapped, Social Science and Medicine, 22, 605-610 (with A. Haycox).
Error removal, loss reduction and external effects in the theory of strikes, Australian Economic Papers, 24, 310-325.
The funding of higher education in the United Kingdom, in Hare, P.G. (ed.) Structure and financing of higher education in Russia, Ukraine and the Eueopean Union, Jessica Kingsley.
The structure of the economy, in Artis, M. (ed.) The UK Economy, OUP, 29-51 (with J. Taylor).
Labour, in Artis, M. (ed.) The UK Economy, OUP, 286-329 (with J. Taylor) - also in previous editions of this book (titled Prest & Coppock's The UK Economy'), published in 1989 and 1992.
The development of competition among higher education institutions in the UK, in Bartlett, W., Propper, C., Wilson, D. and Le Grand, J. (eds) Quasi-markets in the welfare state, SAUS, Bristol, 95-120 (with M. Cave).
Modern approaches to unemployment, in Atkinson, G.B.J. Developments in economics, volume 10, 1-18.
Factors of production, in Kuper, A. and Kuper, J. International Social Science Encyclopaedia.
Houses, jobs and the decision to migrate, in Cambridge Econometrics (eds.) Regional economic prospects: analysis and forecasts to 2005, 35-41.
Unemployment in Lancaster and Morecambe, in Robinson, P. (ed.) Unemployment and local labour markets, Avebury, 63-75 (with P. Regan).
European integration and human resources - an introduction, in Johnes, G. (ed.) European integration: the human resource dimension, MCB University Press, 4-9.
Taxation, in Atkinson, G.B.J. (ed.) Developments in Economics vol. 3, Causeway Press, 55-75.
Equity and efficiency in education: some policy issues facing the Republic of Bulgaria, Birks Sinclair and Associates, Bulgaria, pp. 18.
Restricted report prepared for the Higher Education Funding Council.
Alternative sources for financing education in Bulgaria, British Council, Bulgaria, pp. 60 (with G. Morris).
Energy prices on the Isle of Man, Board of Consumer Affairs, Isle of Man, pp. 94 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A.I. MacBean).
Property prices and rents on the Isle of Man, Board of Consumer Affairs, Isle of Man, pp.94 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes, and A.I. MacBean).
Measuring research output - a report, prepared for the Royal Economic Society, pp. 82. (This report comprised the Royal Economic Society's submission to the Universities Funding Council as part of the 1989 research selectivity exercise.)
Transport costs and price levels on the Isle of Man, Board of Consumer Affairs, Isle of Man, pp. 110 (with H.W. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A.I. MacBean).
Redundancies in the coal industry: a preliminary report and case study of the Haig colliery, Whitehaven, National Coal Board, pp. 33.
Index of Industrial Production for Wales, 1975 base, Sources and Methods, Welsh Office Occasional Paper.
Other publications include more than 20 papers in professional journals and academic journals in the fields of education and management, plus book reviews in journals including the Economic Journal, Business History, Regional Studies, Higher Education, Education Economics, International Journal of Manpower.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Stochastic frontier estimation of a CES cost function: the case of higher education in Britain (with H. Izadi), re-submitted following revisions to the Economics of Education Review.
Up around the bend: linear and nonlinear models of the UK economy compared, re-submitted following revisions to the International Review of Applied Economics.
School choice, competition and the efficiency of secondary schools in England, submitted to Economica (with S.Bradley and J.Millington).
Optimal regional fiscal policy in a model of education, migration and occupational choice, submitted to Public Finance.
Never give up on the good times: student attrition in the UK, under preparation (with R. McNabb).
Itís a gas: the impact of alternative regulatory regimes on productive efficiency, under preparation (with T. Robinson).
AWARDS, GRANTS AND CONSULTANCY (³ £1000)
£10930 from the Department for Employment and Education, to co-ordinate the Employment and Education Economics Group (with S. Bradley).
$9000 from the World Bank, to design, pilot and implement a voucher system for the finance of vocational training in the informal (Jua Kali) sector in Kenya.
38000 ECUs from INTAS (International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union) to extend the study of higher education funding in the European Union and in the countries of the former Soviet Union (with P. Hare, U. Teichler, A. Markov, M. Lugachyov, V. Savchuk and P. Luzik).
£12900 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, to survey frontier methods of efficiency measurement.
FF30000 from the OECD, to devise a framework for country studies of the financing of lifelong learning. Further funding is currently being negotiated in connection with the co-ordination of these studies and the writing of a synthesis report.
£10400 from the Department for Employment and Education, to co-ordinate the Employment and Education Economics Group (with S. Bradley).
£9700 from the Department for Employment and Education, to co-ordinate the Employment and Education Economics Group (with S. Bradley).
$6660 from the British Council, to work on a World Bank project on alternative sources for financing education in Bulgaria.
$9000 from the World Bank, to compare and evaluate public and private sector arrangements for training across South East Asian Newly Industrialised Countries, with special reference to funding mechanisms.
30000 ECUs from INTAS to study of higher education funding in the European Union and in the countries of the former Soviet Union (with P. Hare, U. Teichler, A. Markov, M. Lugachyov, V. Savchuk and P. Luzik).
£9950 from the ESRC, to co-ordinate the Research Study Group on the Economics of Education (with M. Cave and M. Weale).
£8480 from the ESRC, to co-ordinate the Research Study Group on the Economics of Education (with M. Cave and M. Weale).
£5000 from the Royal Economic Society, to study the funding of tuition at UK universities.
$29825 from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, to study wage rigidity and unemployment dynamics in regional labour markets (with T. Hyclak).
£21000 from Isle of Man Government, to study prices of energy, housing and transport (with H. Armstrong, J. Johnes and A. MacBean).
£3150 from Royal Economic Society, to conduct a bibliometric evaluation of research output of British university departments of economics.
£2000 from Anglo-German Foundation, to examine regional Phillips curves.
£1000 from British Coal, to investigate redundancy in the coal industry.
SEMINARS AND CONFERENCE PAPERS
MAJOR ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIVITIES
1. Associate Dean, Lancaster University Management School, with special responsibility for undergraudate teaching, 1999-date.
This post involves:
2. Director of Studies for Part I Economics, 1991-1999.
Joint co-ordinator (with Steve Bradley) of Education and Employment Economics Group (sponsored by DfEE) 1995-1998.
Joint co-ordinator of ESRC Study Group in the Economics of Education (with Martin Cave and Martin Weale) 1992-1995.
Local organiser, EMRU Labour Economics Seminar Group summer conference, 1994.
Referee for various journals, including Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, European Economic Review, Regional Studies, Fiscal Studies, Applied Economics, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Economic Studies.
Referee for ESRC research grant and research centre proposals. Referee for various book publishers.
Member of Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Royal Economic Society
American Economic Association
Governor, Caton St Paul's Church of England Primary School, 1996-date.
Chair, Lancaster and Morecambe Welsh Society, 1992-1995.