Nick Drydakis

  • Current position:
    Reader in Economics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Placement as an Investigator at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK) examining age discrimination in the UK’s labour market (2015); Placement as an Advisor at the Government Equalities Office (UK) examining the recruitment and retention of transgender staff in the UK’s labour market (2014−2015); Placement as a Research Economist at the National Centre of Social Research (2012−2013);Placement as a Research Economist at the University of Crete (2010−2012)
  • Research interest:
    Labour economics
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  • Affiliations:
    Anglia Ruskin University, UK, and IZA, Germany
  • Past positions:
    Senior Lecturer in Economics, Anglia Ruskin University (2012−2014), Lecturer in Economics, University of Patras (2010−2012); Lecturer in Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (2009−2010); Lecturer in Economics, University of Piraeus (2008−2010)
  • Qualifications:
    PhD in Economics, University of Crete, 2008
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    I am very happy to be part of this innovative project. It’s wonderful that social planners, researchers, and individuals have access to a single source of information about such a wide array of important topics and hence support the move toward more evidence-based policy development
  • Selected publications:
    • “The effect of unemployment on self-reported health and mental health in Greece from 2008 to 2013: A longitudinal study before and during the financial crisis.” Social Science and Medicine 128 (2015): 43-51.
    • “Effect of sexual orientation on job satisfaction: Evidence from Greece.” Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society 54:1 (2015): 162−187.
    • “The effect of ethnic identity on the employment of immigrants.” Review of Economics of the Household 11:2 (2013): 285–308.
    • “Health-impairments and labour market outcomes.” European Journal of Health Economics 11:5 (2010): 457−469.
    • “Sexual orientation discrimination in the labour market.” Labour Economics 16:4 (2009): 364−372.
  • Articles

The relationship between recessions and health

Economic recessions seem to reduce overall mortality rates, but increase suicides and mental health problems

August 2016

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by Nick Drydakis Drydakis, N

Recessions are complex events that affect personal health and behavior via various potentially opposing mechanisms. While recessions are known to have negative effects on mental health and lead to an increase in suicides, it has been proven that they reduce mortality rates. A general health policy agenda in relation to recessions remains ambiguous due to the lack of consistency between different individual- and country-level approaches. However, aggregate regional patterns provide valuable information, and local social planners could use them to design region-specific policy responses to mitigate the negative health effects cause by recessions.

Sexual orientation and labor market outcomes

Sexual orientation seems to affect job access and satisfaction, earning prospects, and interaction with colleagues

December 2014

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by Nick Drydakis Drydakis, N

Studies from countries with laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation suggest that gay and lesbian employees report more incidents of harassment and are more likely to report experiencing unfair treatment in the labor market than are heterosexual employees. Gay men are found to earn less than comparably skilled and experienced heterosexual men. For lesbians, the patterns are ambiguous: in some countries they have been found to earn less than their heterosexual counterparts, while in others they earn the same or more. Both gay men and lesbians tend to be less satisfied with their jobs than their heterosexual counterparts.