SIRE Chair in Economics
Edward Wright Building S49
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 previously done research on issues around in the educational and skills mismatch in the labour market, examining its incidence, causes and effects, particularly among the very highly educated.
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 Economics1994 - Duke University
- MA Economics1992 - Duke University
- BA Economics1990 - Furman University
Director of Research - Business School
Member of the Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) and the Scottish Experimental Economics Laboratory (SEEL).
Labour Economics, Subjective Well-being, Health Economics, Economics of Ageing
Member of the Centre for Labour Market Research (CeLMR), the Scottish Experimental Economics Laboratory (SEEL) and the Just Transitions Lab (JTL).
- 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 licence.
My current research projects investigate:
- Employment contracts and wellbeing
- Labour market effects of energy transition
- 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
Determinants of trade unionism
Public-private wage determination and differentials
Podcast: Performance-related Pay: The Good, The Bad, The Stressful found here: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/engage/podcasts/explorathon-lunch-bytes-episode-2.php
School teaching resource on performance-related pay and stress: How does the type of payment you receive impact your health?
I generally supervise PhD topics in various aspects of applied labour economics.
- MS NAZMUN BAKTH
- MISS KWAN PHETSAWANG
- MR IBZAN DARIUS
- MISS BEI CHEN
- MR SAAD ALOBAID
- MRS ADEBOLA AKINSANPE
Funding and Grants
- 'A Just Transition for Workers and Communities in the North-East of Scotland', Uplift Foundation (please see the following website for more information: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/geosciences/research/research-projects-2144.php#panel2149)
- 'Performance-Related Pay and Health: An Interdisciplinary Study', ESRC (please see the following website for more information: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/business/research/PRPH.php)
- 'Performance Pay and Stress: A Pilot Study', Scottish Economic Society
For the 2022-23 first teaching session, I will be coordinating EC1006 (Economics of Business and Society) and teaching BU501S: Employment Relations (part of the 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.
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Pensions and Financing RetirementEncyclopedia of Elder Care. Capezuti, E., Malone, M. L., Gardner, D. S., Khan, A., Baumann, S. L. (eds.). 4 edition. Springer, pp. 549-551, 3 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Fact Check: would banning zero-hours contracts harm more people than it would help?The ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Educational mismatch and retirementEducation Economics, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 347-365Contributions to Journals: Articles
How zero-hours contracts could be making you illThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Performance Pay and Stress: An Experimental StudyWorking Papers: Discussion Papers
Claims of employment discrimination and worker voiceIndustrial Relations Journal, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 133-153Contributions to Journals: Articles
Educational Mismatch and the Earnings Distribution: Where Does the Mismatch Bite?Working Papers: Discussion Papers
Claims of Employment Discrimination and Worker VoiceWorking Papers: Discussion Papers
Self-employment and the paradox of the contented female workerSmall Business Economics, vol. 47, pp. 421-435Contributions to Journals: Articles
Self-employment and the Paradox of the Contented Female WorkerWorking Papers: Discussion Papers
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