Research

My research interests lie mainly in the public sector, particularly the economics of local government and of education.  Unfortunately recent years have seen an increase in centralisation of public services with less of a role for local government.  There are signs that this trend is now reversing with a greater emphasis upon considering the locality as the focus for the delivery of (local!) public service.  Education has similarly become more centralised but paradoxically also more fragmented.  The reasons for these structural changes is an interesting area of study.

I have written articles or book chapters on the introduction of the poll tax ('community charge') in the UK, the incentives to spend and tax of local governments (from a game theory perspective); various reforms to education provision and funding; efficiency measurement in education and also on environmental matters such as transferable permits.