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Stephen Machin.

Stephen Machin


Expertise: labour economics, economics of education, economics of crime inequality and social mobility


Professor Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, has been President of the European Association of Labour Economists, is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and was an independent member of the Low Pay Commission from 2007-14.

Current areas of research include:

  • 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.