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[Photo: Brian BELL] Dr Brian BELL
Associate - Labour Markets
Tel:  020 7955 6957
Email: B.Bell1@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.23 A  

King's College London
Email: brian.bell@kcl.ac.uk
Personal WebSite WWW

Expertise: Labour Economics

Biography:

Brian Bell joined the CEP in September 2009 as a Research Fellow. Prior to this he was a Proprietary Trader at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International and has also been a Partner at a Global Macro Hedge Fund. In addition he has worked as an economist at the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of England. He began his career as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.

Current Areas of Research:

Incentive Pay: To what extent have increases in wage inequality at the very top of the distribution been a result of rising levels of incentive pay? Is it primarily a result of bankers' bonuses?

Crime and Immigration: Have the large flows of immigrants over the last decade in the UK led to rising crime rates? Do crime rates responded differently depending on the characteristics and labour market opportunities of the various waves of immigrants that have arrived? Do property crime rates respond differently to violent crime rates?

Education:

  • B.A. (Hons) Economics, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1988-1991
  • M.Phil. Economics, New College, Oxford, 1991-1993
  • D.Phil. Economics, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1993-1995

CEP Publications

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CEP Discussion Paper
CEO Pay and the Rise of Relative Performance Contracts: A Question of Governance Brian Bell and John Van Reenen
July 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1439:
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JEL Classification: J33; J31; G30


Tags: ceo; pay; incentives; equity plans

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CEP Discussion Paper
Minimum Wages and Firm Value Brian Bell and Stephen Machin
January 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1404:
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JEL Classification: J23; L25


Tags: minimum wages; firm value

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CentrePiece Article
Wage stagnation and the legacy costs of employment Brian Bell reveals the downside of special payments to fund deficit gaps in 'defined benefit' company pension schemes Brian Bell
November 2015
Paper No' CEPCP458:
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CentrePiece 20 (2) Autumn 2015


Tags: decoupling; wages; productivity; compensation; labour income share

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CEP Discussion Paper
Crime, Compulsory Schooling Laws and Education Brian Bell, Rui Costa and Stephen Machin
October 2015
Paper No' CEPDP1374:
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JEL Classification: I2; K42


Tags: crime; education; compulsory schooling laws

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CentrePiece Article
Crime scars: can recessions produce career criminals? Brian Bell and colleagues reveal that recessions have a disturbing and substantial impact in launching criminal careers Brian Bell, Anna Bindler and Stephen Machin
July 2015
Paper No' CEPCP451:
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CentrePiece 20 (1) Summer 2015


JEL Classification: J64; K42


Tags: crime; recessions; unemployment


This article summarises ‘Crime Scars: Recessions and the Making of Career Criminals’ by Brian Bell, Anna Bindler and Stephen Machin, CEP Discussion Paper No. 1284.
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CEP Election Analysis
#ElectionEconomics: The Research Evidence on Key Issues for Voters in the 2015 UK General Election Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Henry Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness and Gabriel Zucman
April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA034:
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Tags: 2015 uk general election; government policy; austerity; productivity; health; nhs; education; higher education; immigration; brexit; eu; inequality; real wages; unemployment; gender; management; productivity; uk housing; environment; climate change; uk cities; infrastructure; taxation

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CEP Election Analysis
Fighting Crime: Can the Police do more with less? Brian Bell
April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA031:
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Tags: crime; police; #electioneconomics

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CEP Discussion Paper
Crime Scars: Recessions and the Making of Career Criminals Brian Bell, Anna Bindler and Stephen Machin
July 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1284:
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JEL Classification: J64; K42


Tags: crime; recessions; unemployment

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CEP Occasional Paper
Bankers and their bonuses Brian Bell and John Van Reenen
February 2013
Paper No' CEPOP35:
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Tags: wage inequality; financial services; bonuses


This paper has been published as:
The Economic Journal V124, F1-F21 (February 2014)
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CEP Discussion Paper
Immigrant Enclaves and Crime Brian Bell and Stephen Machin
December 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1104:
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JEL Classification: F22; J15; K42


Tags: crime; immigrant segregation; enclaves

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CEP Discussion Paper
Firm Performance and Wages: Evidence from Across the Corporate Hierarchy Brian Bell and John Van Reenen
November 2011
Paper No' CEPDP1088:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Crime and Immigration: Evidence from Large Immigrant Waves Brian Bell, Francesco Fasani and Stephen Machin
June 2010
Paper No' CEPDP0984:
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JEL Classification: F22; K42


Tags: crime; immigration

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CEP Special Report
Bankers' Pay and Extreme Wage Inequality in the UK Brian Bell and John Van Reenen
April 2010
Paper No' CEPSP21:
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Tags: wage inequality; financial services; bonuses

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CEP Election Analysis
Bankers' Bonuses Brian Bell
April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA010:
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Tags: banks; bonuses; credit crunch


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CEP Discussion Paper
Wage Equations, Wage Curves and All That Brian Bell, Stephen Nickell and Glenda Quintini
September 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0472:
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Tags: wages; unemployment

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CEP Discussion Paper
Would Cutting Payroll Taxes on the Unskilled Have a Significant Effect on Unemployment? Brian Bell and Stephen Nickell
February 1996
Paper No' CEPDP0276:
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