Queen’s University Belfast, UK
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics, Queen’s University Management School, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Labor economics, economics of social policy
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Member of research advisory committees for Australian Department for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning; Northern Ireland Department of Education; Consultant to Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning and Department of Social Development
Professorial Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne (March–July 2013); Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne (July 2010–February 2013)
PhD in Economics, University of Southampton, 1999
“Contracts in the National Health Service: An empirical study.” Journal of Health Economics 27:5 (2008): 1155–1167 (with M. Chalkley).
“Job search monitoring intensity, unemployment exit and job entry: Quasi-experimental evidence from the UK.” Labour Economics 15:6 (2008): 1451–1468.
“Why do disability benefit rolls vary between regions? A review of evidence from the US and UK.” Regional Studies 40:5 (2006): 519–533.
“Predicting successful and unsuccessful transitions from school to work using sequence methods.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A 165:2 (2002): 317–334 (with M. Anyadike-Danes).
“Participation in full time further education in England and Wales: An analysis of post war trends.” Oxford Economic Papers 53 (2001): 47–66 (with P. G. Rice).
Job search monitoring and benefit sanctions generally reduce unemployment duration and boost entry to employment in the short termDuncan McVicar, July 2014Unemployment benefits often reduce incentives to search for a job. Policymakers have responded to this behaviour by setting minimum job search requirements, by monitoring to check that unemployment benefit recipients are engaged in the appropriate level of job search activity, and by imposing sanctions for infractions. Empirical studies consistently show that job search monitoring and benefit sanctions reduce unemployment duration and increase job entry in the short term. There is some evidence that longer-term effects of benefit sanctions may be negative.MoreLess