Dr Pamela Lenton
Department of Economics
Lecturer in Economics
+44 114 222 3418
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Department of Economics
9 Mappin Street
Pamela gained her BSc in Economics and Marketing and her PhD in Economics at the University of Lancaster. Pamela was a member of the Lancaster Labour Economics Group and taught in the Department of Economics until she joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 2004.
- Research interests
Pamela's research interests lie in the economics of education, labour economics, health and well-being. Pamela's primary interest is education economics. Pamela has recently focused on the areas of household debt and health, the problems faced by the financially excluded and the availability of debt advice.
Pamela has secured grant funding jointly with the Yunus Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University to assess the link between financial help from microfinance loans and well-being.
This has followed from work conducted with Paul Mosley on poverty in UK cities, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and Pamela has published a book of this research with Paul Mosley entitled “Financial Exclusion and the Poverty Trap”.
Pamela has also just completed an economic analysis of the Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (with Jenny Roberts and John Brazier) which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Pamela is interested in supervising students in micro-econometric topics, such as education.
- Determining student satisfaction: An economic analysis of the National Student Survey. Economics of Education Review, 47, 118-127. View this article in WRRO
- Where is the ‘Plus’ in ‘Credit-Plus’? The Case of Chiapas, Mexico. The Journal of Development Studies, 50(12), 1700-1716.
- Financial Exit Routes from the 'Poverty Trap': A Study of Four UK Cities. Urban Studies, 51(4), 744-762.
- 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
- Routes to educational success for low achievers. Journal of Economic Studies, 40(2), 222-239.
- Over-education across British Regions. Regional Studies, 46(9), 1121-1135.
- Incentivising trust. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32(5), 890-897.
- THE EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT POLICY ON TOBACCO ADVERTISING STRATEGIES. B ECON RES, 62(3), 243-258.
- The cost structure of higher education in further education colleges in England. ECON EDUC REV, 27(4), 471-482.
- Dropping out of post-compulsory education in the UK: an analysis of determinants and outcomes. J POPUL ECON, 20(2), 299-328.
- The school-to-work transition in England and Wales. Journal of Economic Studies, 32(2), 88-113.
- Teaching activities
My approach to teaching mathematics for economics is to provide applied economic examples so that students can understand how mathematics is used in economic problem solving. I also teach the Economics of Education at level 3 which is my main area of research.
My approach to teaching is to take topics that students are familiar with, such as university fees and then to match these with economic theory and examine the empirical evidence. Where possible I seek to link the topics taught to my research. I would like students to think critically about what are important policy issues.
- ECN118 Mathematical Methods for Economists (module leader)
- ECN304 Economics of Education (module leader)
- Professional activities
Pamela is the co-ordinator and organiser of the WPEG conference.