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Staff Biography

[Photo: Stephen MACHIN] Professor Stephen MACHIN
CEP Research Director, Programme Director Labour Markets - Education and Skills, Community
Tel:  020 7955 7443
Email: S.J.Machin@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.07  

Tel: 020-7504-5870
Email: s.machin@ucl.ac.uk

Curriculum Vitae PDF  Personal WebSite WWW

Expertise: Labour Market Inequality; Economics of Education; Economics of Crime.


Research Director, Centre for Economic Performance; Professor of Economics, University College London.

Current Areas of Research:

Labour market inequality: Wage inequality trends; Falling real wages; Trends in assortative matching in earnings; Skill bias in consumption.

Economics of education: Academy schools; Phonics programmes for reading; Postgraduates and within-graduate wage inequality; Foreign student increases.

Economics of crime: Crime scars and the making of career criminals; Prolific offenders; Prices and returns to crime; Technology and illegal drugs markets.


  • BSc(Econ), Wolverhampton Polytechnic
  • PhD Economics, University of Warwick
  • Honorary PhD Social Science, University of Wolverhampton

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • University College London - Professor of Economics
  • Royal Economic Society - Council Member (2014-2019)
  • European Economic Association - Council Member (2014-2018)
  • Education Select Committee on Academies and Free Schools - Special Adviser
  • British Academy - Fellow

Selected Publications:

See also Publications on LSE Research Online book
  • ‘Real Wages and Unemployment in the Big Squeeze’, Economic Journal, 124, 408-32 (with P. Gregg and M. Fernandez-Salgado) (2014)

  • 'Panic on the Streets of London: Crime, Police and the July 2005 Terror Attacks', American Economic Review, 101, 2157-81 (with M. Draca and R. Witt) (2011)

  • 'Crime and Immigration: Evidence From Large Immigration Waves', Review of Economic and Statistics, 95, 1278-90 (with B. Bell and F. Fasani), (2013)

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