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[Photo: Matthew SKELLERN] Dr Matthew SKELLERN
Associate - Growth
Tel:  020 7852 3570
Email: m.skellern@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE  OLD 2.27

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Expertise: Public Economics; Public Organisation; Health Economics and Policy; Environmental Economics; Programme Evaluation


Matthew Skellern is a Fellow in Health Economics in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics at the London School of Economics in 2015, for a Dissertation on the economics of public services provision, with a particular focus on health care provision within the English NHS. Current areas of research include the effects of targets regimes, patient choice of hospital and GP surgery, and independent sector providers within the English NHS. Matthew has a particular interest in using new indicators of hospital quality, such as Patient Reported Outcome Measures, to measure the effect of market-based reforms to health care systems.

Current Areas of Research:

• Do altruistic hospitals and profit-maximising hospitals respond differently to competition?

• Mission conflict in international development assistance and the charitable sector.

• Epidemiology and econometrics: a study of contrasting perspectives on causation, with reference to the literature on hospital competition and quality in the English NHS.


  • PhD Economics, London School of Economics, 2015
  • MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 2007
  • BA/BCommerce, University of Sydney, 2005

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications:

  • The Hospital as a Multi-Product Firm: The Effect of Hospital Competition on Value-Added Indicators of Clinical Quality
    Matthew Skellern, May 2017
    Paper No' CEPDP1484: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Does Competition from Private Surgical Centres Improve Public Hospitals' Performance? Evidence from the English National Health Service
    Zack Cooper, Stephen Gibbons, Matthew Skellern, June 2016
    Paper No' CEPDP1434: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)