Anglia Ruskin University, UK, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Topic spokesperson
Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Academic expert on labor economics at the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (UK), providing expert knowledge to directors from Whitehall, local government, and the European Commission (2016–present); Advisor on labor discrimination at the OECD (2017–present); Investigator at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK), examining age discrimination in the UK’s labour market (2015); Advisor at the Government Equalities Office (UK), examining the recruitment and retention of transgender staff in the UK’s labour market (2014–2015); Research Economist at the National Centre of Social Research (2012–2013); Research Economist at the University of Crete (2010–2012)
Courses Convener and Lecturer, PKP, University of Cambridge (2016–present); Senior Lecturer in Economics, Anglia Ruskin University (2012–2018); Lecturer in Economics, University of Patras (2010–2012)
PhD in Economics, University of Crete, 2008
“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.
Sexual orientation seems to affect job access and satisfaction, earning prospects, and interaction with colleaguesNick Drydakis, July 2019Studies 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. Both gay men and lesbians tend to be less satisfied with their jobs than their heterosexual counterparts. 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.MoreLess
Transitioning across gender is related to greater life and job satisfaction but also affects acceptance in one’s societyNick Drydakis, September 2017Acceptance of one’s gender identity and congruence between one’s gender identity and outward appearance are associated with less adverse mental health symptoms, and greater life and job satisfaction. However, trans people are subject to human rights violations, hate crimes, and experience higher unemployment and poverty than the general population. Trans people often feel that they are citizens who are not allowed to be themselves and practice their authentic identity. Many biased treatments of trans people could be attenuated if legal protections and inclusive workplace practices were in place.MoreLess
Economic recessions seem to reduce overall mortality rates, but increase suicides and mental health problemsNick Drydakis, August 2016Recessions 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.MoreLess