Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Matt Dickson

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Reader in Public Policy

10 West 3.60
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 6736

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Research Affiliations


Matt joined the University of Bath in October 2012 as a Prize Fellow in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences and became a Lecturer in the department in 2014. Previously he has held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin, and an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Bristol.

Matt attained his PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick in February 2009 and also has an MSc in Economics (Warwick, 2003) and a BSc in Economics and Politics (Bristol, 2000).

Research interests

Matt’s research uses applied micro-econometrics methods and large-scale administrative and survey datasets to investigate policy relevant questions in economics and public policy.

Matt is currently leading the Institute for Policy Research’s new programme of quantitative research focusing on widening participation in higher education.

His other research interests include:

  • intergenerational mobility
  • the causal effects of education on earnings and on health
  • public pay premia
  • the educational impacts of bilingualism
  • the in–utero determinants of later life success



Dickson, M., Gregg, P. and Robinson, H., 2016. Early, late or never? When does parental education impact child outcomes? The Economic Journal, 126, F184–F231.

Dickson, M., Postel-Vinay, F. and Turon, H., 2014. The Lifetime Earnings Premium in the Public Sector:The View from Europe. Labour Economics, 31, pp. 141-161.

Sutherland, W. J., Goulden, C., Bell, K., Bennett, F., Burall, S., Bush, M., Callan, S., Catcheside, K., Corner, J., D'arcy, C. T., Dickson, M., Dolan, J. A., Doubleday, R., Eckley, B. J., Foreman, E. T., Foster, R., Gilhooly, L., Gray, A. M., Hall, A. C., Harmer, M., Hastings, A., Johnes, C., Johnstone, M., Kelly, P., Kenway, P., Lee, N., Moore, R., Ouchikh, J., Plunkett, J., Rowlingson, K., Paul, A. S., Sefton, T. A. J., Shaheen, F., Sodha, S., Stearn, J., Stewart, K., Stone, E., Tinsley, M., Tomsett, R. J., Tyrer, P., Unwin, J., Wall, D. G. and Wollner, P. K. A., 2013. 100 Questions:Identifying research priorities for poverty prevention and reduction. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 21 (3), pp. 189-205.

Dickson, M., 2013. The causal effect of education on wages revisited. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 75 (4), pp. 477-498.

Buscha, F. and Dickson, M., 2012. The raising of the school leaving age: returns in later life. Economics Letters, 117 (2), pp. 389-393.

Dickson, M. and Harmon, C., 2011. Economic returns to education: what we know, what we don’t know, and where we are going — some brief pointers. Economics of Education Review, 30 (6), pp. 1118-1122.

Dickson, M. and Smith, S., 2011. What determines the return to education: an extra year or a hurdle cleared? Economics of Education Review, 30 (6), pp. 1167-1176.

Aassve, A., Burgess, S., Propper, C. and Dickson, M., 2006. Employment, family union and childbearing decisions in Great Britain. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 169 (4), pp. 781-804.

Burgess, S., Propper, C. and Dickson, M., 2006. The Analysis of Poverty Data with Endogenous Transitions. Fiscal Studies, 27 (1), pp. 75-98.


Dickson, M. and Papps, K. L., 2016. How the national minimum wage affects flows in and out of employment:An investigation using worker-level data. Low Pay Commission.

Dickson, M. and Buscha, F., 2015. The Wage Returns to Education over the Life-Cycle: Heterogeneity and the Role of Experience. Discussion Paper. (Discussion Paper Series; 9596)

Non-academic press

Dickson, M., Macmillan, L. and Burgess, S., 2014. Hard Evidence:do grammar schools boost social mobility? The Conversation

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