Professor Peter Dolton

Peter Dolton is an applied microeconomist with a strong interest in applied econometrics. 


Research Interests

Peter Dolton is an applied microeconomist with a strong interest in applied econometrics. His main areas of research are in Labour Economics, Health Economics, the Economics of Education and Microeconometrics. His research interests are wide and varied.  He has published papers on:  discrimination, the minimum wage, pay scales, performance related pay, labour contracts, incentives, pensions, the evaluation of total reward, the return to education, the economics of networks, the teacher labour market, the European Working Time Directive , education system performance, the economics of Primary Health Care, job search models, training scheme evaluation, active labour market policy evaluation,  unemployment duration, occupational choice, computer use, student performance, overeducation, time use, inequality, public sector pay and obesity.


Peter Dolton is Professor of Economics at Sussex University and is a research fellow at the CEP, LSE, the IZA and CESifo.  He has been previously a Professor at the University of Newcastle, Royal Holloway College (University of London), the Institute of Education University College London.  Prior to that he held appointments at Hull University and Bristol University.

He has considerable experience of public body Non-Executive appointments. He has served on the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review Body from 2004-2007, the School Teachers Pay Review Body from 2009-2011, the Armed Forces Pay Review Body from 2011-2014 and the  General Medical Council’s Expert Advisory Group on the Future of Medical Training Report in 2014.  He has held visiting appointments at: the Australian National University, University of Paris II, and had a National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

He has also been a consultant for: the World Bank, the OECD, the Varkey-GEMS Foundation, the ESRC, and many government departments (BIS, DWP, DfE, DfEE, DEfRA, the Cabinet Office, Home Office, Lord Chancellors Office,).

Additional Information

Over his career he has published over 125 papers in leading Economics journals.  His research has been published in major economics journals (including The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Economic JournalJournal of Labour Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, the Journal of the Royal Statistical SocietyEconomic Policy, the Journal of Health EconomicsHealth Economics and many others.)  He has had research funding from: the ESRC, NHS, LPC, ACE PHARE, QCA, HMTreasury, Training Agency, European Commission, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and many other organisations.) He has previously served on the editorial board of: the Economic JournalJournal of the Royal Statistical SocietyEducation Economics, and the Economics of Education Review.