Matthew is a PhD student in the Department of Economics and Related Studies, supervised by Mr John Bone. His current research is concerned with estimating inequality aversion and social preferences. He will primarily use economic laboratory experiments and questionnaire-based survey data, drawing upon the fields of Behavioural Economics, Welfare Economics and Health Economics.
Matthew has been awarded the ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods (+3) studentship. He holds a MSc in Health Economics from the University of York, and a BA(Hons) in History and Economics from Bangor University.
The main focus of my research is estimating inequality aversion and other-regarding preferences. My research delves into the gap between the streams of literature surrounding Distributional Preferences and Social Welfare Functions. By combining the two I aim to better explain individual behaviour and estimate both individual and social preferences. This will primarily be done using Experimental Economics, testing behaviour and preferences in an incentivised laboratory experiment. My first experiment tests between multiple experimental designs and alternative perspectives. The core of the experiment is the decisions that individuals make concerning income distributions amongst groups of three.
Further to this, I aim to conduct run further experiments in rural Uganda. Running parallel experiments within the lab to test for potential disparities between two distinct samples. Analysis will also be conducted on Questionnaire-Based survey data, which is concerned with eliciting health inequality aversion.
Thesis Title: “Inequality Aversion and Self-Interest; An Experimental Approach”