Professor Sarah Brown
Department of Economics
Professor of Economics
+44 114 222 3404
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Department of Economics
9 Mappin Street
Sarah graduated from the University of Hull in 1989 and gained her MA in Economics at the University of Warwick in 1990 and her PhD from the University of Loughborough and was appointed to a lectureship there in 1994.
Sarah was promoted to a senior lectureship in 2001 at the University of Leicester. She took up a Chair in Economics at the University of Sheffield in 2005 and was Head of Department from 2006 to 2011.
Sarah is a Research Fellow at the IZA (Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn) and an Associate Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). She has been a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Steering Committee for the Work, Pensions and Labour Economics Study Group (WPEG) since 2001.
Sarah was a member of the Grant Assessment Panel C of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) from 2010 to 2013, a member of the REF 2014 Economics & Econometrics Sub-Panel, a member of the Women's Committee of the Royal Economic Society from 2010 to 2015, a member of the Steering Group of the Royal Economic Society Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics from 2010 to 2016 and a member of the Royal Economic Society Council from 2013 to 2018.
In 2012 Sarah was awarded a two-year Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for a project entitled Household Finances, Intergenerational Attitudes and Social Interaction.
In March 2015, Sarah was appointed as an Independent Member of the Low Pay Commission.
- Research interests
Sarah is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconometrics.
- A novel approach to latent class modelling: identifying the various types of body mass index individuals. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, 183(3), 983-1004. View this article in WRRO
- Modelling category inflation with multiple inflation processes : estimation, specification, and testing. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. View this article in WRRO
- Credit supply shocks and household leverage: evidence from the US banking deregulation. Journal of Financial Stability, 43, 97-115. View this article in WRRO
- Immigration and house prices under various labour market structures in England and Wales. Urban Studies. View this article in WRRO
- Modelling illegal drug participation. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A (General), 181(1), 133-154. View this article in WRRO
- Estimating Health Demand for an Aging Population: A Flexible and Robust Bayesian Joint Model. Journal of Applied Econometrics, 31(6), 1140-1158. View this article in WRRO
- Household Finances and Social Interaction: Bayesian Analysis of Household Panel Data. Review of Income and Wealth, 62(3), 467-488. View this article in WRRO
- Household finances and well-being in Australia: An empirical analysis of comparison effects. Journal of Economic Psychology, 53, 17-36. View this article in WRRO
- Early influences on saving behaviour: Analysis of British panel data. Journal of Banking and Finance, 62, 1-14. 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
- Pharmaceutical drug misuse: are industry of employment and occupation risk factors?. Industrial Relations Journal, 46(5-6), 398-417.
- An inverse hyperbolic sine heteroskedastic latent class panel tobit model: An application to modelling charitable donations. Economic Modelling, 50, 228-236. View this article in WRRO
- Modelling household finances: A Bayesian approach to a multivariate two-part model. Journal of Empirical Finance, 33, 190-207. View this article in WRRO
- Employee Trust and Workplace Performance. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 116, 361-378. View this article in WRRO
- Intergenerational analysis of the donating behavior of parents and their offspring. Southern Economic Journal, 82(1), 122-151. View this article in WRRO
- Household repayment behaviour and neighbourhood effects. Urban Studies, 52(6), 1169-1188.
- The relative income hypothesis: A comparison of methods. Economics Letters, 130, 47-50. View this article in WRRO
- The reservation wage curve: Evidence from the UK. Economics Letters, 126, 22-24. View this article in WRRO
- Probability and Statistics with Applications in Finance and Economics. The Scientific World Journal, 2015, 1-2.
- Modelling financial satisfaction across life stages: A latent class approach. Journal of Economic Psychology, 45, 117-127.
- Household Finances and the ‘Big Five’ Personality Traits. Journal of Economics Psychology, 45, 197-212. View this article in WRRO
- The Existence and Persistence of Household Financial Hardship: A Bayesian Multivariate Dynamic Logit Framework. Journal of Banking and Finance, 46, 285-298. View this article in WRRO
- Out-of-pocket health care expenditure in Turkey: Analysis of the 2003-2008 Household Budget Surveys. Economic Modelling, 41, 211-218. View this article in WRRO
- Intergenerational analysis of social interaction and social skills: An analysis of U.S. and U.K. panel data. Economics of Education Review, 40, 43-54. View this article in WRRO
- Reservation wages, expected wages and unemployment. Economics Letters, 119(3), 276-279. View this article in WRRO
- Business Ownership and Attitudes towards Risk. Applied Economics, 45(13), 1731-1740.
- Gambling and credit: An individual and household level analysis for the UK. Applied Economics, 44(35), 4639-4650.
- Modelling charitable donations to an unexpected natural disaster: Evidence from the U.S. Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 84(1), 97-110.
- Parental risk attitudes and children's academic test scores: Evidence from the US panel study of income dynamics. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 59(1), 47-70.
- Debt and Risk Preference. Review of Income and Wealth.
- Household debt and attitudes toward risk. Review of Income and Wealth.
- The gender reservation wage gap: Evidence from British Panel data. Economics Letters, 113(1), 88-91.
- What will I be when I grow up? An analysis of childhood expectations and career outcomes. Economics of Education Review, 30(3), 493-506.
- Reservation wages, market wages and unemployment: Analysis of individual level panel data. Economic Modelling, 28(3), 1317-1327.
- Following in Your Parents' Footsteps? Empirical Analysis of Matched Parent-Offspring Test Scores. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 73(1), 40-58.
- Modeling the incidence of self-employment: Individual and employment type heterogeneity. Contemporary Economic Policy, 29(4), 605-619.
- Workplace performance, worker commitment, and loyalty. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 20(3), 925-955.
- Self-employment and attitudes towards risk: Timing and unobserved heterogeneity. Journal of Economic Psychology, 32(3), 425-433.
- Reservation wages, labour market participation and health. J R STAT SOC A STAT, 173, 501-529.
- Social interaction and children's academic test scores: Evidence from the National Child Development Study. J ECON BEHAV ORGAN, 71(2), 563-578.
- Firm performance and labour turnover: Evidence from the 2004 workplace employee relations survey. ECON MODEL, 26(3), 689-695.
- Bullying, education and earnings: Evidence from the National Child Development Study. ECON EDUC REV, 27(4), 387-401.
- Untangling supply and demand in occupational choice. ECON LETT, 99(2), 414-417.
- Mortgages and financial expectations: A household-level analysis. SOUTH ECON J, 74(3), 857-878.
- Household debt and financial assets: evidence from Germany, Great Britain and the USA. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A, (Statistics in Society), 171, 615-643.
- Management buy outs, supervision and employee discretion. SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY, 54(4), 447-474.
- Religion and education: Evidence from the National Child Development Study. J ECON BEHAV ORGAN, 63(3), 439-460.
- The contribution of hour constraints to working poverty in Britain. J POPUL ECON, 20(2), 445-463.
- Evidence on the relationship between firm-based screening and the returns to education. ECON EDUC REV, 25(5), 498-509.
- Financial expectations, consumption and saving: A microeconomic analysis. Fiscal Studies, 27(3), 313-338.
- Risk preference and employment contract type. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL STATISTICAL SOCIETY SERIES A-STATISTICS IN SOCIETY, 169, 849-863.
- Self-employment matching: An analysis of dual earner couples and working households. SMALL BUS ECON, 26(2), 155-172.
- Some evidence on the relationship between performance-related pay and the shape of the experience-earnings profile. SOUTHERN ECONOMIC JOURNAL, 72(3), 660-676.
- Wage growth, human capital and financial investment. Manchester School, 73(6), 686-708.
- Debt and distress: Evaluating the psychological cost of credit. Journal of Economic Psychology, 26(5), 642-663.
- Employee Attitudes, Earnings and Fixed-Term Contracts: International Evidence. Review of World Economics, 141(2), 296-317.
- Debt and financial expectations: An individual- and household-level analysis. Economic Inquiry, 43(1), 100-120.
- Attitudes, Expectations and Sharing. Labour, 17(4), 543-569.
- Earnings, Education, and Fixed-Term Contracts. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 50(4), 492-506.
- Supervisor Heterogeneity: An Analysis Of Uk Microdata. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 49(4), 407-417.
- Actual and optimal labour supply. Applied Economics Letters, 8(2), 111-113.
- Experience‐earnings profiles, education and gender. Journal of Economic Studies, 28(6), 408-422.
- International competition and the labor market prospects of union and nonunion workers. Journal of Labor Research, 22(3), 669-677.
- Employee militancy in Britain: 1985-1990. Applied Economics, 32(13), 1767-1774.
- Education and employment status: a test of the strong screening hypothesis in Italy. Economics of Education Review, 18(4), 397-404.
- Worker absenteeism and overtime bans. Applied Economics, 31(2), 165-174.
- Absenteeism and Employee Sharing: An Empirical Analysis Based on French Panel Data, 1981–1991. ILR Review, 52(2), 234-251.
- Jurassic Union Man? A Profile of the British Trade Union Member. Labour, 12(4), 773-796.
- Education, Employment Status and Earnings: A Comparative Test of the Strong Screening Hypothesis. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 45(5), 586-591.
- A Profile of UK Unemployment: Regional versus Demographic Influences. Regional Studies, 31(4), 351-366.
- Housing, privatization and the 'Right to Buy'. Applied Economics, 29(5), 581-590.
- Unemployment, Vacancies and Unfair Dismissals. Labour, 11(2), 329-349.
- The economics of absence: Theory and evidence. Journal of Economic Surveys, 10(1), 23-53.
- Implications of Liberalised European Labour Markets. Contemporary Economic Policy, 14(1), 58-69.
- Dynamic implications of absence behaviour. Applied Economics, 26(12), 1163-1175.
- Hours Constraints and In-Work Poverty. Bulletin of Economic Research, 57(3), 305-315.
- Household Expenditure and Child Health in Vietnam: Analysis of Longitudinal Data. Journal of Demographic Economics.
- Teaching activities
I am currently the module leader for Classical and Contemporary Thinkers in Economics, which introduces students a wide range of approaches to economics, from Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes through to Amartya Sen and Daniel Kahneman. This module helps students to understand the historical roots of the discipline, as well as, contemporary developments in economics.
My approach to teaching entails not only introducing students to traditional as well as recent advances in economic analysis but also to develop critical evaluation skills so that students can assess alternative theories and approaches and consider possible areas of improvement, as well as their current and practical relevance.
My approach to teaching explicitly links teaching and research. Students are not just presented with a fixed set of theories or one approach to economics– they are encouraged to evaluate different approaches so that they learn about and engage with the process of research.