Dr Matthew Rablen
Department of Economics
Reader in Economics
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Department of Economics
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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.
- Research interests
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.
Matthew supervises PhD students interested in microeconomic theory and behavioural economics.
- Self-reporting and market structure. Economica, 88(351), 782-808. View this article in WRRO
- Bribery, hold-up, and bureaucratic structure. Economic Inquiry, 59(3), 880-903. View this article in WRRO
- Voluntary disclosure schemes for offshore tax evasion. International Tax and Public Finance, 27(4), 805-831. View this article in WRRO
- Tax evasion on a social network. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 169(1), 79-91. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Tax avoidance and optimal income tax enforcement. Journal of Tax Administration, 3(2), 36-64.
- Income tax avoidance and evasion: A narrow bracketing approach. Public Finance Review, 45(6), 815-837. View this article in WRRO
- Reform of the United Nations Security Council: equity and efficiency. Public Choice, 173(1-2), 145-168. View this article in WRRO
- Prospect theory and tax evasion: a reconsideration of the Yitzhaki puzzle. Theory and Decision, 82(4), 543-565. View this article in WRRO
- Equitable representation in councils: theory and an application to the United Nations Security Council. Public Choice, 169(1-2), 19-51. View this article in WRRO
- Predictive analytics and the targeting of audits. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 124(1), 130-145. View this article in WRRO
- Self-employment, wage employment, and informality in a developing economy. Oxford Economic Papers, 67(2), 227-244. View this article in WRRO
- The use of agent-based modelling to investigate tax compliance. Economics of Governance, 16(2), 143-164. View this article in WRRO
- Audit Probability versus Effectiveness: The Beckerian Approach Revisited. Journal of Public Economic Theory, 16(2), 322-342. View this article in WRRO
- Social networks and occupational choice: The endogenous formation of attitudes and beliefs about tax compliance. Journal of Economic Psychology, 40(1), 134-146. View this article in WRRO
- The determinants of election to the United Nations Security Council. Public Choice, 158(1-2), 51-83. View this article in WRRO
- Divergence in credit ratings. Finance Research Letters, 10(1), 12-16. View this article in WRRO
- Risk attitudes and informal employment in a developing economy. IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 1(December 2012). View this article in WRRO
- The promotion of local wellbeing: A primer for policymakers. Local Economy, 27(3), 297-314. View this article in WRRO
- Performance targets, effort and risk-taking. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31(4), 687-697. View this article in WRRO
- Tax evasion and exchange equity: a reference-dependent approach. Public Finance Review, 38(3), 282-305. View this article in WRRO
- The Saving Gateway: Implications for optimal saving. Fiscal Studies, 31(2), 203-225. View this article in WRRO
- Relativity, rank and the utility of income. The Economic Journal, 118(528), 801-821. View this article in WRRO
- Mortality and immortality: The Nobel Prize as an experiment into the effect of status upon longevity. Journal of Health Economics, 27(6), 1462-1471. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Tax Compliance After an Audit: Higher or Lower?. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
- View this article in WRRO Marketed Tax Avoidance: An Economic Analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
- Teaching activities
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.
- ECN222 Economic Decision Making
- ECN357 Modern Finance
- ECN6105 Modern Finance