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Richard Murphy.

Richard Murphy


Expertise: economics of education, labour economics

+1 512 475 8525


Dr 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 include:

  • Richard is currently researching the long run impact of where students rank amongst their primary school class mates on their longer run outcomes. He finds 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. He shows, 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.