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[Photo: Richard MURPHY] Dr Richard MURPHY
Associate - Education and Skills
Email: r.j.murphy@lse.ac.uk

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Expertise: Economics of Education, Labour Economics


Richard Murphy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in addition to being a Research Economist at the CEP.

Current Areas of Research:

Richard is currently researching the long run impact of where students rank amongst their primary school class mates on their longer run outcomes. I find being highly ranked has large impacts on later test scores and non-cognitive skills.

Other research concerns the consequences of an increasingly litigious society on labour markets. Modeling union membership as a form of legal insurance I show following media coverage of allegations teachers are more likely to join a trade union. This helps to explain why teacher union density has continued to increase despite decreasing demand globally for unions.


  • PhD Economics, University College London, 2014
  • MSc. Economics, University of Southampton, 2004
  • BSc. Economics, University of Southampton, 2003


  • ESRC Outstanding Early Career Impact
  • CESifo Young Affiliate Award Candidate

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

  • Green, F., Machin, S., Murphy, R., and Zhu, Y.(2012) “The Changing Economic Advantage from Private Schools” Economica, Vol.79, No.316, pp.658 – 679

  • Green, F., Machin, S., Murphy, R., and Zhu, Y. (2008) “Competition for private and state school teachers” Journal of Education and Work, Vol. 21, No.5, pp. 383-404

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