Robert A. Hart

University of Stirling, UK, and IZA, Germany

The IZA World of Labor offers an impressive vehicle for imparting, to a wide interest group, important labor market developments and ideas in theory, empirical investigation, and policy

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Stirling, UK

Research interest

Labor market economics, labor costs, working time, human capital, business cycle fluctuations, economics of education, British engineering labor market between 1920 and 1970

Past positions

Professor of Economics, University of Stirling, 1986–2014; Senior Research Fellow, Science Center, Berlin, 1980–1986


MA Economics, University of Liverpool, 1969

Selected publications

  • "The decline of paid overtime working in Britain." British Journal of Industrial Relations (Forthcoming) (with D. N. F. Bell).

  • "Labour productivity during the Great Depression and the Great Recession in UK engineering and metal manufacture." Oxford Economic Papers (2022): 431–452.

  • "Real wage cyclicality and the Great Depression: Evidence from British engineering and metal working firms." Oxford Economic Papers 65:2 (2013): 197–218 (with J. E. Roberts).

  • "Forced to be rich? Returns to compulsory schooling in Britain." Economic Journal 120:549 (2010): 1345–1364 (with P. J. Devereux).

  • “Real wage cyclicality of job stayers, within-company job movers, and between-company job movers.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 60 (2006): 105–119 (with P. J. Devereux).