Department of Economics

Labour, Education and Health

Our research looks at a wide range of issues in both developed and developing country settings such as wage levels and distribution, NHS reforms, the impact of malaria control on infant mortality, labour supply and markets, school performance assessments, and the evaluation of policies aimed at boosting maternal and child health.

Snapshot of recent research findings

Minimum wages help raise the pay of low wage workers

Ofsted ratings influence house prices

The main research areas include (not exclusively):

  • minimum wage effects;
  • wage distribution, rigidity and settlement;
  • spatial structure of wage;
  • inequality and poverty in the UK;
  • labour supply and working hours restriction;
  • impact of gender, ethnicity and informal sector activities on labour market in developing countries;
  • rate of return to education;
  • school performance and teachers pay;
  • performance evaluation;
  • pupil mobility, school segregation and peer effects; 
  • schooling and education in emerging and developing countries; and
  • teachers' contracts in India. 

The vigorous and robust research work by Sussex economists on minimum wage has been adopted by the Low Pay Commission recommendation to UK government; the work on higher education has been cited as part of written evidence to the Parliament Select Committees, highlighted in the UK Department for Employment and Learning ‘Research Review’, quoted by the Russell Group and Sutton Trust Report and by many national newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian.