Dr Mark Bryan

Department of Economics

Reader in Economics

+44 114 222 3457

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Dr Mark Bryan
Department of Economics
Room 508
9 Mappin Street
S1 4DT

After completing his MSc in Economics at the University of Warwick, Mark joined the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex in 2000 as a Senior Research Officer. He completed his PhD in Economics by part-time study in 2005, and was promoted to Chief Research Officer in 2004 and then Senior Research Fellow in 2008.

During his time at ISER, Mark worked on a mix of academic research and policy-related projects for government departments and other organisations.

He also worked on the Understanding Society panel study and taught panel data methods both at MSc level and as part of the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis.

Mark joined Sheffield as a Reader in Economics in September 2015. As of 2016, he is Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes.

Research interests

Mark’s research interests centre on labour and household economics, statistical methods and micro-econometrics, and wellbeing. He has worked on topics such as flexible work, the impact of housework on wages, the minimum wage, the gender pay gap, pension saving and training.

Ongoing work includes studies of couples’ responses to the recession, the coordination of their work schedules, and the impact of work identity and hours of work on subjective wellbeing.

Mark is a theme co-lead at the Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing. The Centre reviews existing evidence and carries out original research in order to advise the government, voluntary and business sectors on the most effective ways to increase levels of wellbeing in the population.

PhD student supervision

Mark is interested in supervising PhD students in variety of topics in empirical labour studies including:

  • wage inequality (trends and causes)
  • consequences of the ageing workforce
  • trends in the amount and timing of work and their implications
  • the impacts of labour market institutions such as the minimum wage
  • the impact of labour market experiences on wellbeing
  • econometric and statistical methods for describing and analysing labour market outcomes

Journal articles

Teaching activities

Since 2015 I have taught Business Economics to level 1 students from the Sheffield University Management School. The module introduces economic principles to non-specialists, aiming to show how economic analysis can be used to understand business and consumer decisions as well as illuminate macroeconomic issues affecting the whole economy.

As of 2016 I lead a module on Public Policy Evaluation as part of the MSc Economics and Public Policy. The module looks at how to evaluate the effectiveness of economic policies using a range of quantitative techniques. It aims to equip students with the critical and practical skills needed to undertake assessments and evaluate the evidence about alternative public policy options.

My teaching emphasises the importance of concepts rather than technical complexity. I focus on how key economic ideas can be used to understand issues in the real world, but I also discuss their limitations and the need to evaluate models critically in light of the evidence. All my teaching includes topical examples, often drawn from my experience of policy research.

  • ECN101 Business Economics
  • ECN607 Public Policy Evaluation