Professor Keith Bender

Professor Keith Bender

SIRE Chair in Economics

Professor Keith Bender
Professor Keith Bender

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I specialise in applied microeconomics, particularly interested in labour economics.  Early in my career I focused on the role of institutions and labour market outcomes, looking at differences between union and nonunion workers, public and private sector workers, and the subjective wellbeing of retirees and retirement behaviour.  More recently I have been looking at the interactions of health and labour economics, particularly the effect of different kinds of labour contracts on stress and the health of workers.  In addition, I have been interested in the educational and skills mismatch in the labour market, examining its incidence, causes and effects.

I am an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Industrial Relations and a Research Fellow of the IZA.

In addition to working at the Unversity of Aberdeen, I have held previous positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the US Social Security Administration, as well as visiting positions at Louisiana State University, University of Potsdam, Giessen University and the National Institute for Labour Studies at Flinders University in Australia.


PhD, Economics Duke University 1994
MA, Economics Duke University 1992
BA, Economics Furman University 1990

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

Director of Research - Business School

Member of the Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) and the Scottish Experimental Economics Laboratory (SEEL).


Research Areas


  • Applied Economics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International

Research Overview

Labour Economics, Economics of Ageing, Subjective Well-being, Health Economics

Current Research

My current research projects investigate:

  • Employment contracts and wellbeing
  • Educational mismatch
  • Labour supply elasticities near retirement
  • Union and nonunion forms of worker voice
  • Skills shortages from the firm's point of view
  • Labour market (earnings) discrimination

Past Research

Determinants of trade unionism

Public-private wage determination and differentials

Research Funding and Grants

  • 'Performance-Related Pay and Health: An Interdisciplinary Study', ESRC (please see the following website for more information:
  • 'Performance Pay and Stress: A Pilot Study', Scottish Economic Society


Teaching Responsibilities

For the 2021-22 first teaching session, I will be coordinating EC1006 (Economics of Business and Society) and BU501S: Employment Relations (part of the new MSc in International Human Resource Management). In the second teaching session, I will be coordinating the Economics Dissertation (EC4526) and teaching Employment Relations to the Qatar version of the MSc in International Human Resource Management as well as coordinating the Economics of Labour Markets module as part of the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics.



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