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.

  • To provide a focus for the identification and implementation of high quality research projects in labour market economics
  • To make a substantive contribution both to academic understanding and to policy debate on labour market issues within the UK and the European Union.
  • To develop and evolve a coherent research agenda and create a framework for the acquisition of funding to undertake and expand the research agenda
  • To provide a structure within which interested individuals and groups can provide mutual support in advancing their research and create a structure within which young researchers can obtain help and advice
  • To create a structure conducive to postgraduate study
  • To provide a link with other scholars, commercial interests and governments in both the UK and European Union to develop European and international links of the highest possible quality with a view to collaborative research and the exchange of personnel in order to establish a major focus of activity on a European scale
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
(ii) health and safety in the work place
(iii) individual health, well-being and work

This programme aims at maintaining and enhancing the research links and synergies between CELMR, Health Economics Research Unit (HERU: and the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE:

Wage Determination

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

  • BHPS (British Household Panel Survey) - accessible on the CELMR shared drive with complete documentation and STATA programming code ready for econometric analysis
  • ECHP (European Community Household Panel) - STATA programming code for this legacy dataset

Software Services

  • Stata  - always the latest version, delivered to the desktop via MSI for licensed users
  • Eviews - always the latest version - 50 user concurrent license available in all PC classrooms and on the desktop via the shared drive
  • SPSS - site license available in all PC classrooms and on the desktop


Internal Members

Associate Members


Recent publications from the Department of Economics (from PURE)

Discussion Papers