Richard Dickens

University of Sussex, UK and IZA, Germany

World of Labor is an innovative project that I hope policymakers and academics will find useful in learning about the latest research on a wide range of issues in labor market policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, University of Sussex

Research interest

Labor markets, minimum wages, inequality, and poverty

Past positions

Independent Commission Member, Low Pay Commission, 2014-2021; Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE, 2002–2007; Senior Lecturer in Economics, Queen Mary University of London, 2002–2006


PhD Economics, University College London, 1997

Selected publications

  • “The UK minimum wage at age 22: A regression discontinuity approach.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A 177:1 (2014): 95–114 (with R. Riley and D. Wilkinson).

  • “Child poverty in Britain: Past lessons and future prospects.” National Institute Economic Review 218:1 (2011): R7–R19.

  • “Child poverty in Britain: Did work work?” In: Gregg, P., and J. Wadsworth (eds). The Labour Market in Winter: The State of Working Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

  • “Caught in a trap: Wage mobility in Great Britain 1975–94.” Economica 67:268 (2000): 477–497.

  • “The evolution of individual male earnings in Great Britain: 1975–95.” Economic Journal 110:460 (2000): 27–49.