Swansea University, UK, Adelaide University, Australia, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Emeritus Professor, School of Business and Economics, Swansea University, UK
Labor economics, economics of education, economics of sport
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
OECD, UK Low Pay Commission, Fair Pay Australia, Australian Productivity Commission, NCVER
Director, Welsh Economy Labour Market Research and Evaluation Centre (WELMERC), Swansea University, UK; Jaffrey Professor of Political Economy, Vice Principal and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Aberdeen, UK
PhD, University of Strathclyde, 1968
“The economics of professional football.” Scottish Journal of Political Economy 18:2 (1971): 121–146.
“The measurement of sex and marital status discrimination at the workplace.” Economica 48:190 (1981): 125–141 (with W. S. Siebert).
“Over-education under-education and the British labour market.” Applied Economics 31:11 (1999): 1437–1454 (with H. Battu and P. Seaman).
“Disability in the labour market; An analysis of British males.” Journal of Health Economics 19:6 (2000): 961–981 (with M. P. Kidd and I. Ferko).
“Human capital spillovers in the workplace.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 65:5 (2003): 575–594 (with H. Battu and C. R. Belfield).
Concerns exist that overeducation damages employee welfare; however it is overeducation combined with overskilling that is the real problemEvidence shows that many college graduates are employed in jobs for which a degree is not required (overeducation), and in which the skills they learned in college are not being fully utilized (overskilling). Policymakers should be particularly concerned about widespread overskilling, which is likely to be harmful to both the welfare of employees and the interests of employers as both overeducation and overskilling can lead to frustration, lower wages, and higher quitting rates while also being a waste of government money spent on education.MoreLess