Professor Peter Wright
Department of Economics
Professor of Economics
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Department of Economics
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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.
- Research interests
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.
He is particularly interested in supervising doctoral work using matched employer-employee data.
- Winners and losers of corporate tournaments. Oxford Economic Papers, 71(1), 250-268. View this article in WRRO
- Don't Look Down: The Consequences of Job Loss in a Flexible Labour Market. Economica, 86(341), 166-200. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO The Impact of Displacement on the Earnings of Workers in Ireland. Economic and Social Review, 49(4), 373-417.
- New Model Introductions, Cannibalization and Market Stealing: Evidence from Shopbot Data. The Manchester School, 82(4), 385-408. View this article in WRRO
- CEO pay and voting dissent before and after the crisis. Economic Journal, 124(574). View this article in WRRO
- Exchange rates and wages in unionized labor markets. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 65(4), 975-999.
- Employment, job turnover, and trade in producer services: UK firm-level evidence. Canadian Journal of Economics, 44(3), 1020-1043.
- The Long-Term Earnings Impact of Post-Secondary Education Following Job Loss. Statistics Canada Analytical Branch Studies Working Paper(334).
- Job Creation, Job Destruction and the Role of Small Firms: Firm-Level Evidence for the UK. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 72(5), 621-647.
- Migration, trade and wages. Journal of Population Economics, 23(4), 1189-1211.
- Open-shop unions and product market competition. Canadian Journal of Economics, 43(2), 640-662.
- The Income Losses of Displaced Workers. Journal of Human Resources, 45(1), 243-269.
- Oligopoly, open shop unions and trade liberalisation. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 27(6), 679-686.
- Fired or Retired? A Competing Risks Analysis of Chief Executive Turnover. Economic Journal, 119(536), 463-481. View this article in WRRO
- Trade policy and productivity growth in Indian manufacturing. World Economy, 30(2), 249-266.
- Corporate governance reforms and executive compensation determination: Evidence from the UK. Manchester School, 75(1), 65-81.
- The impact of merger activity on executive pay in the United Kingdom. Economica, 73(290), 321-339.
- International acquisitions, domestic competition and firm performance. International Journal of the Economics of Business, 13(3), 335-349.
- Do wages rise or fall following merger?. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 66(5), 847-862.
- Market size and economic integration when labor markets are unionized. Review of International Economics, 11(3), 483-494.
- The productivity and wage effects of foreign acquisition in the United Kingdom. Journal of Industrial Economics, 50(1), 85-102.
- Trade liberalisation and growth in developing countries. Journal of Development Economics, 67(1), 229-244.
- Why are productivity and wages higher in foreign firms. Economic and Social Review, 33(1), 93-100.
- The impact of mergers and acquisitions on company employment in the United Kingdom. European Economic Review, 46(1), 31-49.
- Multinational activity and CEO compensation: Preliminary evidence from large UK firms. Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, 138(4), 680-693.
- Do hostile mergers destroy jobs?. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 45(4), 427-440.
- Smooth and sticky adjustment: A comparative analysis of the US and UK. Review of International Economics, 8(3), 517-532.
- Formal and informal credit markets in Egypt. Economic Development and Cultural Change, 48(3), 657-670.
- Sectoral transformation and labour-market flows. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 16(3), 57-75.
- Further evidence on the effect of foreign competition on industry level wages. Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, 136(3), 522-538.
- An empirical assessment of the impact of trade on employment in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Political Economy, 15(3), 485-500.
- Exports, export composition and growth. Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 8(1), 41-51.
- Trade with low wage economics, employment and productivity in UK manufacturing. Economic Journal, 108(450), 1500-1510.
- Trade reform, adjustment and growth: What does the evidence tell us?. Economic Journal, 108(450), 1547-1561.
- Modelling labour market adjustment to trade liberalisation in an industrialising economy. Economic Journal, 108(447), 509-528.
- Trade liberalization and growth in developing countries: Some new evidence. World Development, 25(11), 1885-1892.
- Union membership and coverage: a study using the nested multinomial logit model. International Journal of Manpower, 16(2), 53-59.
- Executive pensions and the pay-performance relation. Evidence from changes to pension legislation in the UK. Oxford Economic Papers.
- Teaching activities
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.