Matthew Rablen

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Reader in Economics

Room 406
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S1 4DT, UK

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Matthew is a former government economist, where he advised on issues relating to tax compliance and savings tax policy. He graduated with first class honours from the University of Nottingham and attained his PhD at the University of Warwick. He has previously held positions at Brunel University London and University of Westminster.

Matthew is a member of the Tax Administration Research Centre which is a jointly funded ESRC/HMRC centre that brings together tax researchers and practitioners working in tax authorities. He is an Associate Editor of Public Finance Review and an affiliate of CESifo and IZA.


Matthew has teaching experience across a wide range of areas in economics and finance. He encourages critical thinking, and asks students to challenge their perceptions and understanding.

Research summary

Matthew's research is in public economics and behavioural economics. He focuses on four inter-related areas: understanding the determinants of tax compliance, the link between economic quantities and subjective happiness, explaining decision-making under risk with models of behavioural economics, and designing voting systems for international institutions. Currently he is exploring the role of social networks on compliance behaviour, the role of relative income in the utility function, and the reform of the UN Security Council.

PhD supervision

Matthew supervises PhD students interested in microeconomic theory and behavioural economics.


Rablen, M. D., & Gould, M. (2017). Reform of the United Nations Security Council: equity and efficiency. Public Choice, 173(1-2), 145-168. doi:10.1007/s11127-017-0468-2 (full text)

Rablen, M. D., & Gamannossi degl’Innocenti, D. (2017). Income tax avoidance and evasion: A narrow bracketing approach. Public Finance Review, 45(6), 815-837. doi:10.1177/1091142116676362 (full text)

Rablen, M. D., & Piolatto, A. (2017). Prospect theory and tax evasion: A reconsideration of the Yitzhaki puzzle. Theory and Decision. 82(4), 543-565. doi:10.1007/s11238-016-9581-9 (full text)

Rablen, M. D. & Gould, M. (2016). Equitable representation in councils: Theory and an application to the United Nations Security Council. Public Choice, 169(1-2), 19-51. doi:10.1007/s11127-016-0368-x (full text)

Rablen, M. D., Hashimzade, N., & Myles, G. D. (2016). Predictive Analytics and the Targeting of Audits. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 124(1), 130-145. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2015.11.009 (full text)

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