Peter Wright


Professor of Economics

Room 413
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT, UK

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Peter graduated from the University of Bristol in 1989 and gained his MA and PhD from the University of Warwick. He previously worked at the University of Nottingham as lecturer, senior lecturer and then Reader in Labour Economics. At Nottingham he was one of the co-founders of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) and, from 2002 to 2010, he was the Programme Co-ordinator of the Globalisation and Labour Market (GLM) Programme. He remains a GEP external fellow.

Peter has completed research projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and has been involved in advisory reports for Deutsche Bank, the (former) Department for Trade and Industry, UK Trade and Investment and the European Commission. Peter joined the Department in September 2010 as Professor of Economics and became Head of Department in 2015.


"I currently teach Labour Economics. The labour market impinges directly on the daily lives and on the social welfare of every individual. The analysis of labour markets is therefore of importance and interest to economists, social scientists and the population at large. Understanding the labour market however represents a major challenge to researchers. Workers are not commodities with fixed characteristics, and make decisions about the nature of their participation in the labour market. The labour market is also impacted on by social customs and other institutional factors which make it unlike any other market. This makes it both a challenging and a stimulating area both to research and teach.

My approach to teaching is to examine issues of which students may already have experience or opinions: education, the decision to work, unemployment and then to attempt to integrate theoretical modelling and empirical evidence in order to address questions of policy. Where possible I seek to link the topics taught to my research. I would like students to think critically about what they are taught and engage with the process of academic research."

Research summary

Peter's research interests lie primarily in the area of labour market adjustment, and he has worked in both open and closed economy frameworks. His work has been both theoretical and applied. Examples of his work include: an examination of the wage and employment effects of merger; corporate governance reforms and executive compensation determination; the unemployment and income consequences for individuals of firm closure.

PhD student supervision

He is particularly interested in supervising doctoral work using matched employer-employee data.


Gregory-Smith I & Wright PW (2019) Winners and losers of corporate tournaments. Oxford Economic Papers, 71(1), 250-268. View this article in WRRO

Wright P & McCarthy N (2018) The Impact of Displacement on the Earnings of Workers in Ireland. Economic and Social Review, 49(4), 373-417. View this article in WRRO

Upward R & Wright P (2017) Don't Look Down: The Consequences of Job Loss in a Flexible Labour Market. Economica. View this article in WRRO

Gregory-Smith I, Thompson S & Wright PW (2014) CEO pay and voting dissent before and after the crisis. Economic Journal, 124(574). View this article in WRRO

Haynes M, Thompson S & Wright PW (2014) New Model Introductions, Cannibalization and Market Stealing: Evidence from Shopbot Data. The Manchester School, 82(4), 385-408. View this article in WRRO

View all of Peter Wright's publications