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Dr Richard Murphy.

Dr Richard Murphy


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 include:

  • 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.