About us

The Applied Micro-Econometric Cluster (AME) provides an interactive research environment for faculty members and graduate students working in the field of applied micro-econometrics at the University of York. Amongst its many activities are workshops, research seminars and public lectures. Research in the AME cluster brings together interests in family and labour economics and strong concern for the robustness and methodological rigour of the research process. Examples of substantive research themes include:

  • Social networks: peer effect in the workplace (Cornelissen joint with Dustmann and Schönberg), the family peer effect on mothers’ labour supply (Nicoletti and Tominey joint with Salvanes), and sibling spillover effects in school achievement (Nicoletti joint with Rabe).
  • Child outcomes: the effect of parental supervision on child’s risk behaviour (See); the timing of parental income and child’s education (Tominey joint with Carneiro, Garcia and Salvanes); the differential effect of school expenditure on children cognitive skills at different level of the lagged skills (Nicoletti joint with Rabe).
  • Policy interventions: the estimation of the effect of universal child care in Germany (Cornelissen joint with Dustmann, Raute and Schönberg); the evaluation of early school exposure in the UK on child development (Cornelissen joint with Dustmann), the evaluation of a UK government scheme providing team incentives to frontline staff in the JobCentre Plus on team performance (Tominey and von Hinke Kessler Scholder joint with Burgess, Propper and Ratto), the evaluation of a home visiting programme for disadvantaged first-time mothers in Germany (Cornelissen jointly with Sandner).
  • Parental time investments: the effects of parental and child’s time investments on cognitive development during adolescence (Nicoletti joint with Del Boca and Monfardini); differences in children’s cognitive skills by birth order and the role of parental time investments (See joint with Monfardini); parental time investments response to the child’s health, and cognitive, socio-emotional skills (Nicoletti and Tonei).
  • Wage gaps: a series of papers that quantify and explain wage gaps across gender, ethnic and religious groups published by Swaffield (joint with Manning), Mumford (joint with Butcher and Smith) and Nicoletti (joint with Longhi and Platt).

AME members have published in leading economic and statistical journals e.g. American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, the Economic Journal, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, European Economic Review, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics and Journal of Business Economics and Statistics.