Andy Dickerson

Andy DickersonProfessor of Economics

Level 2
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
219 Portobello
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Andy studied at the Universities of Durham (BA Maths and Economics) and Warwick (MA Economics, PhD Economics) and worked at the Bank of England and the University of York before taking up a post as Lecturer in Economics at the University of Kent from 1990-2002. He then moved to Warwick Institute for Employment Research from 2002-06 where he undertook a range of policy-focussed research projects for a wide variety of government departments and agencies. He joined the Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield in September 2006 as Professor of Economics. He was Head of Department from 2011-15.

Andy is an academic member of the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) Steering Group, Chaired by Baroness Wolf. CVER was a Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (now Department for Education) funded research centre which brings together researchers from four institutions to undertake rigorous, policy-relevant research in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and to communicate its findings to policy makers and other stakeholders.

He is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies, a member of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Policy Analysis Academic Panel, and an editor of the British Journal of Industrial Relations. Andy was Visiting Fellow at the University of Melbourne 2015-16, Visiting Research Fellow at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills 2011-15 and Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL), Singapore 2012-14. He coordinated the activities of the DWP-sponsored Work, Pensions and Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG) 2006-10, and remains a member of its Steering Committee.

Most recently, Andy has been appointed as the Labour Market Economist member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB) for 2016-2019. The PSPRB is a non-departmental public body, sponsored by the UK Ministry of Justice, and which is responsible for making recommendations to the Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice on pay for prison service staff in the England and Wales Prison Service. PSPRB also performs a similar function for prison service staff in Northern Ireland.

Andy is currently Director of the Sheffield Methods Institute, the University’s centre for research and training in quantitative and qualitative research methods in the Social Sciences. As well as undergraduate programmes in quantitative and in applied social sciences , SMI delivers the MA in Social Research and coordinates PhD-level training across the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is also Deputy Director of Sheffield’s Q-Step Centre, sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE to promote the development of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates.


"I teach and have taught across a wide range of modules in economics and econometrics, as well as more formal courses in statistics and mathematics. At Sheffield, my teaching has been concentrated on theoretical and applied microeconomics at both introductory and advanced levels, and in labour economics which is the focus of much of my research."

"In my teaching, I endeavour to engage students in a critical appraisal of the issues under consideration, and to encourage them to challenge their own perceptions and understanding. I utilise a wide range of techniques and technologies in my teaching in order to stimulate discussion and debate, and to develop students´ communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. In 2009, I was awarded a national prize by the Higher Education Academy for Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Economics."

Research Summary

Andy's research interests are focussed on the operation and functioning of labour markets, the interactions between financial and product markets and the labour market, and the analysis of micro and longitudinal data, including matched datasets.

Recent research has been funded by the Low Pay Commission, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Department for Education, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. As well as his research with CVER which is examining the measurement, utilisation and value of skills, his current research includes the impact of child poverty on cognitive and non-cognitive development, the measurement of subjective expectations using survey data, and the analysis of commuting behaviour.

PhD student supervision

Andy supervises PhD students across a broad range of topics in applied labour economics and econometrics. Currently, these include: wage inequality, work and life satisfaction, commuting behaviour, skills and employment outcomes, and international gender inequality.


Dickerson A & Popli GK (2016) Persistent poverty and children's cognitive development: evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society, 179(2), 535-558. View this article in WRRO

Dickerson A, McIntosh S & Valente C (2015) Do the maths: An analysis of the gender gap in mathematics in Africa. Economics of Education Review, 46, 1-22. View this article in WRRO

Dickerson AP, Hole A & Munford L (2014) The relationship between well-being and commuting revisited: Does the choice of methodology matter?. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 49, 321-329. View this article in WRRO

Dickerson A & McIntosh S (2013) The Impact of Distance to Nearest Education Institution on the Post-compulsory Education Participation Decision. Urban Studies, 50(4), 742-758.

Brown S, Dickerson A, McHardy J & Taylor K (2012) Gambling and credit: An individual and household level analysis for the UK. Applied Economics, 44(35), 4639-4650

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