Andy Dickerson

Professor Andy Dickerson


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Andy is Director of the Sheffield Methods Institute, the University of Sheffield’s centre for research and training in quantitative and qualitative research methods in the Social Sciences. As well as undergraduate programmes in quantitative and in applied social sciences , SMI delivers the MA in Social Research and coordinates PhD-level training across the Faculty of Social Sciences. He is also Deputy Director of Sheffield’s Q-Step Centre, sponsored by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE to promote the development of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates.

Andy is an applied economist with research interests in the operation and functioning of labour markets, and a particular focus on the measurement, utilisation and value of skills and education. He is a member of the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) which is funded by the Department for Education to undertake rigorous, policy-relevant research in the field of technical and vocational education and training (TVET), and to communicate its findings to policy makers and other stakeholders. His current research also includes projects on: the impact of child poverty; intergenerational mobility; and commuting behaviour.

Andy is also the Labour Market Economist member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body (PSPRB). which is the independent, non-departmental, public body, responsible for making recommendations on pay and conditions for prison service staff in England and Wales, and in Northern Ireland.

Research Interests

Andy's research interests are focussed on the operation and functioning of labour markets, the interactions between financial and product markets and the labour market, and the analysis of micro and longitudinal data, including matched datasets.

Recent research has been funded by the Low Pay Commission, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, Department for Education, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. As well as his research with CVER which is examining the measurement, utilisation and value of skills, his current research includes the impact of child poverty on cognitive and non-cognitive development, the measurement of subjective expectations using survey data, intergenerational mobility and the analysis of commuting behaviour.

Current Research

Andy supervises PhD students across a broad range of topics in applied labour economics and econometrics. Currently, these include: wage inequality, work and life satisfaction, commuting behaviour, skills and employment outcomes, and international gender inequality


Dickerson A & Popli GK (2016) Persistent poverty and children's cognitive development: evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. Series A: Statistics in Society, 179(2), 535-558. View this article in WRRO

Dickerson A, McIntosh S & Valente C (2015) Do the maths: An analysis of the gender gap in mathematics in Africa. Economics of Education Review, 46, 1-22. View this article in WRRO

Dickerson AP, Hole A & Munford L (2014) The relationship between well-being and commuting revisited: Does the choice of methodology matter?. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 49, 321-329. View this article in WRRO

Dickerson A & McIntosh S (2013) The Impact of Distance to Nearest Education Institution on the Post-compulsory Education Participation Decision. Urban Studies, 50(4), 742-758.

Brown S, Dickerson A, McHardy J & Taylor K (2012) Gambling and credit: An individual and household level analysis for the UK. Applied Economics, 44(35), 4639-4650

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