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Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 24 April, 2018 - 17:56

Football is a truly global sport. Behavioural economics can now be used to chart this phenomenon and its knock-on consequences.  The vagaries of our team’s fortunes affect us much more than we think and can have many unfortunate consequences. It is well known that football outcomes can affect absenteeism at work, drunkenness, and civil disorder. Indeed research in the US has also linked NFL results to domestic violence. 


Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 15 January, 2018 - 11:11

The NHS is in financial turmoil. The country in stricken with Aussie flu, A&E units up and down the country are being swamped. There is an acute shortage of hospital beds and the 4hr wait is being missed by up to a quarter of A&E units.  Solutions are desperately being sought. A National Inquiry is being called for and many are suggesting that a hypothecated tax, earmarked for NHS spending, is the way forward. Such a tax is very unlikely to work.

Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 7 July, 2017 - 16:55


There has recently been scrutiny of public sector wage rises and the limits which have been placed on them since 2010. Most public sector workers have been subject to either a pay freeze or only a 1% pay rise per annum in the last 7 years. Allowing for inflation this has meant that variously they have seen their real wages fall on average by 12% over this time period.  In this blog we explain what Public Sector Pay Review Bodies are and how their remit has been curtailed since 2010, what has actually happened to public and private sector pay over the last 13 years and why we should not just consider pay but also pensions and other parts of the remuneration package – or Total Reward.


Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 6 June, 2017 - 10:43

The British Public love the NHS.  But, when push comes to shove, how much extra are they willing to pay for it? This is not an easy question to ask or answer.  Recent evidence from a large representative sample of the British public has been gathered which sheds some light on this question.

Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 2 June, 2017 - 10:38

In England, the primary care physician is the General Practitioner (GP) and plays a central role in the National Health Service (NHS). The reality of the NHS service is that 90% of all contacts with the NHS are made with General Practice which remains a highly cost-effective method of delivering health care for the general population and performs a ‘gatekeeping’ function for more expensive treatment in Secondary Care.

Prof Peter Dolton

Posted: 10 April, 2017 - 12:37

What did social networks look like 100 years ago?  In an era without Facebook, Twitter and other social media what did social networks look like and how much can this tell us about how networks operate today?