University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Dr Chris Dawson

Dr Chris Dawson

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers
Other Outputs

BSc, MSc, PhD

Job Title:

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Business Economics


Marketing, Business & Society

Key Research Interests:

Labour Economics; Behavioural Economics; Entrepreneurship; Self-Employment; Temporary Employment; Job Satisfaction; Incentive Pay; Optimism

Research Interests

My research is positioned in the general area of empirical labour economics and I have also written recent articles on behavioural economics/finance. I am particularly interested in how optimism influences occupational choice, labour market performance and individual utility.

My research has been featured in media outlets across the globe including Business Standard, Daily Beast, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph Australia, Daily Star, EL Confidential, Financial Express, Glamour, Hindustan Times, Huffington Post, Independent, Mirror, New York Magazine, Sky News, Sun, Telegraph, Times and Sunday Times, Times of India.

PhD Supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students who are interested in these broad research fields.


Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Dawson, C. 2017. Forthcoming. How Persistent is Generalized Trust? Sociology.

Dawson, C., 2017. The upside of pessimism- Biased beliefs and the paradox of the contented female worker. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 135, 215-228.

Dawson, C. G., Veliziotis, M., and Hopkins, B. 2017. Forthcoming. Understanding the perception of the "migrant work ethic". Work, Employment and Society.

Dawson, C., 2017. Forthcoming. Financial Optimism and Entrepreneurial Satisfaction. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal.

Dawson, C., Hinks, T. and Veliziotis, M., 2016. "Choose to be optimistic, it feels better?" Evidence of optimism on employment utility. Bulletin of Economic Research.

Hopkins, B. and Dawson, C., 2016. Migrant workers and involuntary non-permanent jobs: Agencies as new IR actors? Industrial Relations Journal, 47 (2), pp. 163-180.

Hopkins, B., Dawson, C. and Veliziotis, M., 2016. Absence management of migrant agency workers in the food manufacturing sectorThe International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (10), pp. 1082-1100.

Dawson, C., Veliziotis, M., Pacheco, G., and Webber, D. J. 2015. Is temporary employment a cause or consequence of poor mental health? A panel data analysisSocial Science & Medicine, 134: 50-58, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.04.001.

Dawson, C. G and Henley, A. 2015. Gender, risk and venture creation intentions. Journal of Small Business Management, 53 (2), pp. 501-515.

Dawson, C., Veliziotis, M. & Hopkins, B. 2014. Temporary employment, job satisfaction and subjective well-being. Economic and Industrial Democracy.

Dawson, C., de Meza, D., Henley, A., & Arabsheibani, G. R. 2014. Entrepreneurship: Cause and consequence of financial optimismJournal of Economics and Management Strategy, 23(4): 717-742, DOI: 10.1111/jems.12076.

Dawson, C., Henley, A., & Latrielle, P. 2014. Individual motives for choosing self-employment in the UK: Does region matter? Regional Studies, 48(5): 804-822, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2012.697140.

Dawson, C., Henley, A. 2013. Over-optimism and entry and exit from self-employment. International Small Business Journal, DOI: 10.1177/0266242612445462.

Dawson, C., Henley, A. 2012. Something will turn up? Financial over-optimism and mortgage arrears. Economics Letters, 117: 49:52,  DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.04.063.

Other Outputs

Dawson, C., de Meza, D. E., Henley, A., & Arabsheibani, R. 2015. The power of (non) positive thinking: self-employed pessimists earn more than optimists. Working Paper. (IZA Discussion Paper; 9242).

Ritchie, F., Whittard, D. & Dawson, C. 2014. Understanding official data sources: Final report for the low pay commission. Project Report. Low Pay Commission, London.

Dawson, C. and Henley, A. 2012. "Push" versus "pull" entrepreneurship : An ambiguous distinction? International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 18(6): 697-719. 

Dawson, C. G., Henley, A. & Latrielle, P. 2009. Why Do Individuals Choose Self-Employment? Working Paper. (IZA Discussion Paper; 3974).

► older publications

Henley, A., De Cock, C., Latreille, P., Dawson, C. G. & Humphreys, I. 2008. Entrepreneurial Aspirations and Activity amongst Students: A Comparative Study for Wales : Final Report to the Welsh Assembly Government. Welsh Assembly.