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[Photo: David METCALF] Professor Sir David METCALF
Associate - Labour Markets
Email: d.metcalf@lse.ac.uk



Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Trade Unions, Pay, including Minimum Wage, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Biography:

Professor Sir David Metcalf CBE is Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations in the Department of Management and Associate in the Labour Markets Programme of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). Previously, he was a visiting Professor at Princeton University and the Australian National University. He has worked extensively on the economic impact of unions and on pay systems and structures. Sir David was Director of Labour Market Enforcement, appointed by the Home Office and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, from 2017 to 2019, and was Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee from 2007 to 2016. Before that he was a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body from 2009 to 2015; and was a founding member of the Low Pay Commission, serving for 10 years from 1997 to 2007 advising the government on National Minimum Wage rates. Sir David has written over 100 publications on labour economics and industrial relations.

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • London School of Economics - Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations

CEP Publications

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CentrePiece Article
The ‘investor route’ to UK citizenship David Metcalf
October 2014
Paper No' CEPCP430:
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CentrePiece 19 (2) Autumn 2014


Tags: migration advisory committee; visas; policy

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CentrePiece Article
Immigration and the UK Labour Market David Metcalf
December 2012
Paper No' CEPCP381:
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CentrePiece 17 (3) Winter 2012


Tags: immigration; government policy; eu; migration policy; work skills

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CEP Discussion Paper
Why Has the British National Minimum Wage Had Little or No Impact on Employment? David Metcalf
April 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0781:
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JEL Classification: J31; J38; J42


Tags: national minimum wage; employment; compliance

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CEP Discussion Paper
Chinese Unions: Nugatory or Transforming? An 'Alice' Analysis Jianwei Li and David Metcalf
December 2005
Paper No' CEPDP0708:
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JEL Classification: J5


Tags: china; trade unions; hainan province; collective contracts; collective disputes; membership

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CEP Discussion Paper
Unions and Productivity, Financial Performance and Investment: International Evidence David Metcalf
July 2002
Paper No' CEPDP0539:
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JEL Classification: J5


Tags: unions; productivity; profits; investment

CentrePiece Article
Turning the Tide David Metcalf
June 2001
Paper No' CEPCP113:
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CentrePiece 6 (2) Summer 2001

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CEP Discussion Paper
British Unions: Dissolution or Resurgence Revisited David Metcalf
April 2001
Paper No' CEPDP0493:
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CentrePiece Article
Fighting for Equality David Metcalf
June 2000
Paper No' CEPCP097:
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CentrePiece 5 (2) Summer 2000

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CEP Discussion Paper
Unions and the Sword of Justice: Unions and Pay Systems, Pay Inequality, Pay Discrimination and Low Pay A Charlwood, K Hansen and David Metcalf
March 2000
Paper No' CEPDP0452:
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Tags: unions; pay distribution; discrimination

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CEP Discussion Paper
The British National Minimum Wage David Metcalf
March 1999
Paper No' CEPDP0419:
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The Way Out? David Metcalf
February 1999
Paper No' CEPCP066:
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CentrePiece 4 (1) Spring 1999

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CEP Discussion Paper
(Not)Hanging on the Telephone: Payment systems in the New Sweatshops Sue Fernie and David Metcalf
May 1998
Paper No' CEPDP0390:
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CEP Report
Low Pay And Minimum Wages: The British Evidence Sue Fernie and David Metcalf
September 1996
Paper No' CEPSP02:
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CentrePiece Article
It's Not What You Pay, It's the Way That You Pay It Sue Fernie and David Metcalf
June 1996
Paper No' CEPCP007:
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CentrePiece 1 (2) Summer 1996

CEP Discussion Paper
It's Not What You Pay Sue Fernie and David Metcalf
May 1996
Paper No' CEPDP0295:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Employment Protection Legislation and Labour Market Outcomes in Spain David Metcalf, S Milner and G Nombela
May 1995
Paper No' CEPDP0244:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Participation Sue Fernie and David Metcalf
March 1995
Paper No' CEPDP0232:
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CEP Discussion Paper
The Effect of Minimum Wages on UK Agriculture Richard Dickens, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, David Metcalf, Jonathan Wadsworth and S Woodland
August 1994
Paper No' CEPDP0204:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Spanish Pay Setting Institutions and Performance Outcomes David Metcalf and S Milner
June 1994
Paper No' CEPDP0198:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Industrial Relations and Economic Performance David Metcalf
March 1993
Paper No' CEPDP0129:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Do Strikes Pay? P Ingram, David Metcalf and Jonathan Wadsworth
August 1992
Paper No' CEPDP0092:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Signals and Cycles Productivity Growth and Changes in Union Status in British Companies Paul Gregg, Stephen Machin and David Metcalf
August 1991
Paper No' CEPDP0049:
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CEP Discussion Paper
Strike Incidence and Duration in British Manufacturing Industry in the 1980s P Ingram and David Metcalf
August 1991
Paper No' CEPDP0048:
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CEP Discussion Paper
A Century of UK Strike Activity: An Alternative Perspective David Metcalf and S Milner
February 1991
Paper No' CEPDP0022:
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