The Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) was established in January 2000. It has established a reputation for high quality and policy relevant research in labour market economics. The Centre provides important services for its members. These include an on-line data sets service, which permits substantial savings in data management time, and annual workshops, which disseminate new techniques and develop the knowledge base of its membership and associated workshops for the PhD research students aimed at improving their research outcomes and promoting their presentational skills. The Centre welcomes others from within the School and the wider University to contribute to and benefit from its activities and services.
|Themes & Projects|
Research in the centre is organised into four themes:
Education, Skills and Labour Mobility
The economic importance of human capital, and in particular education, has long been recognised by economists and policy makers. This programme of research focuses on the effects of education on labour market outcomes, the issue of occupational and spatial mobility and the impact of immigration on economic variables.
Inequality in the Labour Market
One of the most important developments in the European labour market has been a pronounced increase in labour market flexibility and the level of earnings inequality with profound socio-economic implications. This programme of research investigates various labour market themes including wage determination, low pay, unemployment and labour market discrimination.
Health and Work
This programme concentrates on
(i) labour in the National Health Service
This programme aims at maintaining and enhancing the research links and synergies between CELMR, Health Economics Research Unit (HERU: www.abdn.ac.uk/heru/) and the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE: http://www.sire.ac.uk/).
The systems of wage setting and the resulting wage structures affect economic performance. They constitute the incentive mechanism encouraging production and the vehicle whereby the benefits from work are distributed. Trade unions play a significant role in this process. In the public sector, in which much of the work already undertaken has been focused, the absence of market forces and the intervention of the state and its various agencies act to produce quite difference wage outcomes from those observed in the private sector.
Data Sets Service
|Recent publications from the Department of Economics (from PURE)|