Matthew Robson
Research Fellow

Profile

Biography

Matthew Robson is a Research Fellow within the EQUIPOL research group, based in the Department of Health Sciences and Centre for Health Economics. He is working with Professor Tim Doran and Professor Richard Cookson to conduct quasi-experimental evaluations of the inequality impacts of health and social policies.

Prior to joining EQUIPOL, Matthew undertook a PhD in Economics at the University of York (link: https://www.york.ac.uk/economics/our-people/student-profiles/matthew-robson/ ). His PhD research focuses on prosocial behaviour and other-regarding preferences, through running incentivised laboratory and lab-in-the-field experiments.

Personal Website (link: https://mrobson92.wordpress.com/)

Qualifications

  • BA(Hons) in History and Economics, Bangor University, 2013
  • MSc in Health Economics, University of York, 2014
  • PhD, Department of Economics, University of York, 2018

Teaching at the Department of Economics, University of York

  • Experimental Economics, 2017/18
  • Economics 2: Microeconomics, 2017/18
  • Microeconomics 2, 2016/17
  • Econometrics 2, 2016/17
  • Microeconomics 2, 2015/16

Awards

  • Acknowledgement of Teaching Excellence (2015/16 and 2016/17)
  • Aronson Teaching Prize (2016/17 and 2017/18)
  • Ellis-Hunter Teaching Scholarship (2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18)

Research

Overview

At the core of Matthew’s research interests is inequality. On the one hand, this manifests itself as the pursuit of explaining how individuals behave when faced with inequality, on the other, in the analysis of poverty and inequality in society. He draws upon the disciplines of Experimental Economics, Health Economics and Development Economics within the research he conducts. 

Projects

  • Conducting quasi-experimental evaluations of the inequality impacts of health and social policies.
  • Estimating individual-level preferences relating to inequality aversion and self-interest using incentivised laboratory and lab-in-the-field experiments.
  • Comparing mismatches in poverty indices by considering distributional changes over time amongst different groups in the population.

Research group(s)

  • Health Services & Policy Group
  • EQUIPOL (Equity in Health Policy) – Department of Health Sciences and Centre for Health Economics, University of York
  • EXEC (Centre for Experimental Economics) – Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York
  • OPHI (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative) – Department of International Development, University of Oxford
  • IRNEP (Interdisciplinary Research Network for Economists and Philosophers)

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • Foundations of Utility and Risk, University of York, 2018.
  • Young Economists’ Meeting, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, 2018
  • Choice Lab Seminar Series, The Choice Lab, Norway, 2017.
  • Spring School in Behavioural Economics, USCD, San Diego, USA, 2017.
  • OPHI Seminar Series, University of Oxford, UK, 2017.
  • Preferences, Personality and Moral Behaviour, The Choice Lab, Norway, 2016.
  • 2nd IRNEP PhD Conference, University of York, 2016
  • 2nd Annual PhD Conference in Economics, University of Leicester, 2015.
  • 1st IRNEP PhD Conference, University of Reading, 2015
  • Health Economics Study Group Conference, University of Leeds, 2015.

Publications

Selected publications

Contact details

Dr Matthew Robson
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 (32)1837