Richard Dickens

University of Sussex, and the Low Pay Commission, 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; Independent Commission Member, Low Pay Commission

Research interest

Labor markets, minimum wages, inequality, and poverty

Past positions

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.