Our cluster produces policy-relevant research that tackles important questions in areas such as education, child outcomes, household economics and development.
The cluster includes about 10 members from the Department of Economics and several PhD students. We organise an AME seminar series (led by Emma Tominey), sessions on Publishing in Top Journals (led by Matthias Flueckiger), Research Grant Success (led by Jack Britton), a croissant meeting to speak informally about research (led by Simon Weber) and curry nights.
Since 2016 the Applied Microeconometrics cluster has also organised an annual international Workshop on Labour and Family Economics (WOLFE) taking place in York. WOLFE focuses on topics of family and labour economics which make a substantial contribution to important policy debates around the world. It is the combination of frontier econometric methods, combined with the pressing world problems which characterises the contribution of papers at each workshop.
Prominent Themes In Our Work Include
Parental investments in children
- the role of the timing of family income on children (Journal of Political Economy 2021)
- the impact of mothers’ labour supply during pre-school years on child cognitive skills (Journal of Labor Economics 2022)
- effects of parents qualifications on investment behaviours which matter for child development (Journal of Population Economics 2022)
- the reaction of parental time investments to children skills (European Economic Review 2020)
Education research on the effects of
- teacher pay on school productivity (Journal of Public Economics 2016)
- school expenditure on educational achievements (Journal of Royal Economic Society A 2018)
- access to selective universities on inequalities in labour outcomes (Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 2019).
- student loans on labour supply (Economics of Education Review 2020)
Estimating the role of peers in decision making such as
- peers’ effects on mothers’ labour supply (American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 2018)
- sibling spillovers on school achievements (Journal of Applied Econometrics 2019)
Social identity, including ethnic, religious and gender identity
- effects of gender norms shared by peers on labour supply (Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation 2021)
- the transmission of religious identity across generations (Journal of Comparative Economics 2020)
- gender identity and housework share between partners (Social Science Research 2017)
- interplay between epidemics and development (Economic Journal 2019)
- cultural differences and their role for economic development (European Economic Review, 2021 and Journal of Comparative Economics, 2021)
- effects of malaria environment on development (Journal of Urban Economics 2020)
- the role of (ancient) transport networks on development (Review of Economic Studies)
Empirical research on the household economics with a strong theoretical framework
- matching with imperfectly transferable utility (Journal of Political Economy 2019)
- marital matching, economies of scale and intrahousehold allocations (The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2020)
- revealed preference analysis with normal goods: application to cost of living indices (American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2020)
- assortative mating and inequality (Journal of Population Economics 2020 and Economica 2022)
PhD students supervision
We are happy to supervise PhD students on a variety of topics including: gender economics, education, child development, parental investment, peer effect, policy interventions, family formation and dissolution, matching, social identity, intrahousehold allocation, wage and income inequalities, intergenerational mobility, health behaviour, development, crime and many other topics in labour and family economics.