Professor Jennifer Roberts
Department of Economics
Professor of Economics
+44 114 222 3403
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Department of Economics
9 Mappin Street
Jenny studied Social Sciences (Economics) at Bristol Polytechnic, graduating in 1987. She gained an MSc (1988) and a PhD (1993) in Economics from the University of Leeds and was appointed Lecturer in Economics at the University of Leeds in 1990. She moved to the University of Sheffield in that role in 1994.
In 1997 Jenny took up a lectureship in health economics at the School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR) here in Sheffield, being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001 and Reader in 2003. In 2004 Jenny joined the Department of Economics as Professor.
Jenny has recently led a project on health and work for the Health Foundation and is currently collaborating with Mark Bryan on a project for the Nuffield Foundation on the disability employment gap.
- Research interests
Jenny's research interests centre on applied microeconometrics, particularly the interaction of health and labour market outcomes, health-related behaviours, health valuation, the economics of well-being and travel behaviours.
She developed the SF-6D preference-based health valuation index with John Brazier (ScHARR); this has been widely adopted for health care evaluation by pharma companies and health decision making bodies around the world.
The original journal article was awarded the International Society for Quality of Life prize for the best article on quality of life research in 2002 and it has been cited over 1700 times.
Jenny is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconometrics, especially those with topics that are in line with the research interests described here.
- Exploring mental health disability gaps in the labour market: the UK experience during COVID-19. Labour Economics, 78, 102253-102253.
- Dysfunctional presenteeism : effects of physical and mental health on work performance. Manchester School. View this article in WRRO
- Mental health and employment: a bounding approach using panel data. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. View this article in WRRO
- New evidence on disability benefit claims in Britain : the role of health and the local labour market. Economica, 89(353), 131-160. View this article in WRRO
- Employment related COVID-19 exposure risk among disabled people in the UK. SSM - Population Health, 16. View this article in WRRO
- The effect of mental and physical health problems on sickness absence. European Journal of Health Economics, 22(9), 1519-1533. View this article in WRRO
- Care Starts at Home: Emotional State and Appeals to Altruism may Reduce Demand for Overused Health Services in the UK.. Annals of behavioral medicine : a publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, 55(4), 356-368. View this article in WRRO
- Saving behaviour and health: A high-dimensional Bayesian analysis of British panel data. The European Journal of Finance, 27(16), 1581-1603. View this article in WRRO
- Does commuting mode choice impact health?. Health Economics, 30(2), 207-230. View this article in WRRO
- Social capital: exploring the theory and empirical divide. Empirical Economics, 58(3), 899-919. View this article in WRRO
- The internet and children’s psychological wellbeing. Journal of Health Economics, 69, ---. View this article in WRRO
- The disutility of commuting? The effect of gender and local labor markets. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 77, 264-275. View this article in WRRO
- Household location in English cities. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 75, 120-135. View this article in WRRO
- Heart versus Head: Differential Bodily Feedback Causally Alters Economic Decision-making. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71(9), 1949-1959. View this article in WRRO
- The effects of exposure to images of others' suffering and vulnerability on altruistic, trust-based, and reciprocated economic decision-making. PLoS ONE, 13(3). View this article in WRRO
- Do environmental concerns affect commuting choices?: hybrid choice modelling with household survey data. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (General), 181(1), 299-320. View this article in WRRO
- Intra-household commuting choices and local labour markets. Oxford Economic Papers, 69(3), 734-757. View this article in WRRO
- Situational determinants of cognitive, affective, and compassionate empathy in naturalistic digital interactions. Computers in Human Behavior, 68, 137-148. View this article in WRRO
- A Zero-Inflated Regression Model for Grouped Data. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 77(6), 822-831. View this article in WRRO
- Policy evaluation via a statistical control: A non-parametric evaluation of the ‘Want2Work’ active labour market policy. Economic Modelling, 51, 635-645. View this article in WRRO
- The relative income hypothesis: A comparison of methods. Economics Letters, 130, 47-50. View this article in WRRO
- Efficacy of behavioural interventions for transport behaviour change: systematic review, meta-analysis and intervention coding. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 11(1). View this article in WRRO
- Quality of life impact of mental health conditions in England: results from the adult psychiatric morbidity surveys.. Health Qual Life Outcomes, 12, 6. View this article in WRRO
- Going the same 'weigh': spousal correlations in obesity in the United Kingdom. Applied Economics, 46(2), 153-166. View this article in WRRO
- Born to be wide? Exploring correlations in mother and adolescent body mass index. Economics Letters, 120(3), 413-415.
- Exploring the Factors Contributing to Sibling Correlations in BMI: A Study Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Obesity, 20(5), 978-984. View this article in WRRO
- Systematic review of behavioural interventions to promote shift to more sustainable modes of transport. PSYCHOLOGY & HEALTH, 27, 149-149.
- The gender reservation wage gap: Evidence from British Panel data. Economics Letters, 113(1), 88-91.
- "It's driving her mad": Gender differences in the effects of commuting on psychological health. Journal of Health Economics, 30(5), 1064-1076. View this article in WRRO
- Exercising choice: The economic determinants of physical activity behaviour of an employed population. Social Science and Medicine, 73(3), 383-390. View this article in WRRO
- Evaluating the Health Effects of Micro Health Insurance Placement: Evidence from Bangladesh. World Development, 39(3), 399-411.
- Part-time work and health among older workers in Ireland and Britain. Applied Economics, 43(30), 4749-4757.
- Can Micro Health Insurance Reduce Poverty? Evidence From Bangladesh. Journal of Risk and Insurance, 78(1), 57-82.
- Early retirement among men in Britain and Germany: How important is health. Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice, 35(4), 644-667.
- Sick of work or too sick to work? Evidence on self-reported health shocks and early retirement from the BHPS. ECONOMIC MODELLING, 27(4), 866-880.
- Reservation wages, labour market participation and health. J R STAT SOC A STAT, 173, 501-529.
- Estimating a preference-based index from the Japanese SF-36.. J Clin Epidemiol, 62(12), 1323-1331. View this article in WRRO
- Mapping SF-36 onto the EQ-5D index: how reliable is the relationship?. Health Qual Life Outcomes, 7, 27.
- Estimation of a preference-based index from a condition-specific measure: the King's Health Questionnaire.. Med Decis Making, 28(1), 113-126.
- Can Micro Health Insurance Improve the Health of Microcredit Members? Evidence from Bangladesh. World Development, 399-411.
- Multi-attribute utility function or statistical inference models: a comparison of health state valuation models using the HUI2 health state classification system.. J Health Econ, 26(5), 992-1002.
- Multiple sclerosis and retention of employment: Experience within the risk sharing scheme. JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY NEUROSURGERY AND PSYCHIATRY, 78(9), 1033-1033.
- Modelling SF-6D health state preference data using a nonparametric Bayesian method. J HEALTH ECON, 26(3), 597-612. View this article in WRRO
- AIDS and economic growth: A human capital approach. J DEV ECON, 80(1), 228-250.
- Using rank data to estimate health state utility models.. J Health Econ, 25(3), 418-431. View this article in WRRO
- Comparison of valuation methods used to generate the EQ-5D and the SF-6D value sets.. J Health Econ, 25(2), 334-346.
- Erratum to ‘Health state values for the health utilities index mark 2 descriptive system: results from a UK valuation survey’Health Economics 2005;14(3): 231–244. Health Economics, 15(7), 761-761.
- Estimating a preference-based index for a menopause specific health quality of life questionnaire.. Health Qual Life Outcomes, 3, 13. View this article in WRRO
- Health state values for the HUI 2 descriptive system: results from a UK survey.. Health Econ, 14(3), 231-244.
- A comparison of the EQ-5D and SF-6D across seven patient groups.. Health Econ, 13(9), 873-884. View this article in WRRO
- To what extent do people prefer health states with higher values? A note on evidence from the EQ-5D valuation set.. Health Econ, 13(7), 733-737.
- Efficiency, equity, and NICE clinical guidelines. British Medical Journal, 328(7439), 536-537. View this article in WRRO
- The estimation of a preference-based measure of health from the SF-12.. Med Care, 42(9), 851-859.
- Modelling valuations for Eq-5d health states: an alternative model using differences in valuations.. Med Care, 40(5), 442-446.
- To what extent can we explain time trade-off values from other information about respondents?. Soc Sci Med, 54(6), 919-929.
- The estimation of a preference-based measure of health from the SF-36.. J Health Econ, 21(2), 271-292. View this article in WRRO
- The impact of HIV and AIDS on Africa's economic development.. BMJ, 324(7331), 232-234. View this article in WRRO
- Growth and multiple forms of human capital in an augmented Solow model: a panel data investigation. ECON LETT, 74(2), 271-276.
- AIDS and economic growth in Africa: A panel data analysis. Journal of International Development, 13(4), 411-426.
- HIV|AIDS and development in Africa. Journal of International Development, 13(4), 381-389.
- HIV/AIDS and development in Africa. Journal of International Development, 13(4), 381-389.
- Spurious regression problems in the determinants of health care expenditure: a comment on Hitiris (1997). APPL ECON LETT, 7(5), 279-283.
- Sensitivity of elasticity estimates for OECD health care spending: analysis of a dynamic heterogeneous data field.. Health Econ, 8(5), 459-472.
- The Forgotten Epidemic Charting the Economic and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS. New Economy, 6(3), 173-178.
- Conceptualizing professionalism: Why economics needs sociology. AM J ECON SOCIOL, 58(4), 977-998.
- Parameter stability in the market model: Tests and time varying parameter estimation with UK data. STATISTICIAN, 46(1), 57-70.
- Time series and cross-section parameter stability in the market model: the implications for event studies. The European Journal of Finance, 3(3), 243-259.
- Misspecification testing and robust estimation of the market model and their implications for event studies. APPL ECON, 28(5), 559-566.
- Misspecification and cross-country growth regressions. APPL ECON LETT, 3(6), 413-416.
- MISSPECIFICATION OF THE MARKET MODEL - THE IMPLICATIONS FOR EVENT STUDIES. APPL ECON LETT, 2(5), 163-165.
- TESTING CUMULATIVE PREDICTION ERRORS IN EVENT STUDY METHODOLOGY. J FORECASTING, 14(2), 107-115.
- The market model and the event study method: A synthesis of the econometric criticisms. International Review of Financial Analysis, 3(2), 149-171.
- Teaching activities
I currently teach a session on Daniel Kahneman the 2002 Nobel Laureate in Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics. I try to illustrate economic theory with real-world examples from recent news stories.
I also use pictures a lot in my presentations, not just for entertainment value, but also because there is good evidence that as a learning tool we recall pictures more readily than words.
As my research interests include behavioural economics (using ideas from psychology to more fully understand economic decision making), I have introduced these ideas into my teaching.
This contrasts homo economicus (the fully informed, rational, utility-maximising individual) with homo sapiens (human beings who exhibit systematic errors in decision making such as time inconsistency, loss aversion and susceptibility to framing effects
- ECN109 Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics