Geoff has extensive experience of applied research studies, including cross-country comparisons, in the areas of productivity, innovation, education, training and labour markets, Among other projects in recent years, he has led research on productivity, innovation and skills in the UK, US, France and Germany; employer demand for skills in the UK; and a comparative study of vocational education and training systems in seven European countries. This work has been funded by academic research councils, government departments and foundations in the UK, US and New Zealand and by European Union agencies.
Geoff Mason is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Research on Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES), UCL Institute of Education. He was previously Senior and Principal Research Fellow at NIESR for many years.
His projects have led to many different publications, ranging from academic articles in refereed journals and book chapters to government department research reports and occasional articles in national newspapers. Academic publications include articles in Labour Economics, Education Economics, Research Policy, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Industry and Innovation, Work, Employment and Society and Journal of Education and Work.
Geoff Mason's work on the graduate labour market has been widely cited in UK public policy debates and contributed to his being invited to work as Research Advisor to the National Skills Task Force and to serve on the Royal Society Working Group on Higher Education. He has also served on academic panels for the Cabinet Office's Workforce Development Project and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
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Selected publications and downloads:
Mason, G., Rincon-Aznar A. and Venturini, F. (2019), Which skills contribute most to absorptive capacity, innovation and productivity performance? Evidence from the US and Western Europe, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2019.1610547
Mason, G., O’Mahony, M. and Riley, R. (2018), What is holding back UK productivity? Lessons from decades of measurement, National Institute Economic Review, 2018, 246: R24-R35.
Callender, C. and Mason, G. (2017), Does student loan debt deter higher education participation? New evidence from England, Annals of American Political and Social Science, 671(1): 20-48.
Mason, G., Robinson, C. and Rosazza Bondibene, C. (2016), Sources of labour productivity growth at sector level in Britain, 1998-2007: a firm-level analysis, Review of Economics and Institutions, 7(2): 1-43.
Mason, G. and Rincon-Aznar, A. (2015), Education, Skills and Productivity: commissioned research, First Joint Special Report of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees, House of Commons, Session 2015-15, London: The Stationery Office Ltd.
Mason, G., Nathan, M. and Rosso, A. (2015) State of the Nation: A Review of the Evidence on the Supply and Demand of Quantitative Skills, London: The British Academy.
Green, F. and Mason, G.(2015), Skills and training for a more innovation-intensive economy, in D. Bailey, K. Cowling and P. Tomlinson (eds), New Perspectives on Industrial Policy for a Modern Britain, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mason, G. (2014) Part-time higher education: employer engagement under threat?, Higher Education Quarterly, 68(3): 305–327, First published online: 24 July 2014, DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12053.
Mason, G. and Bishop, K. (2014), The impact of recession on adult training: evidence from the UK in 2008-09, British Journal of Industrial Relations, First published online: 29 January 2014, DOI: 10.1111 /bjir.12057
Mason, G. (2013), Investigating New Zealand-Australia Productivity Differences: New Comparisons at Industry Level, Working Paper 2013/02, Wellington: New Zealand Productivity Commission.
Mason, G., O’Leary, B. and Vecchi, M. (2012), Certified and uncertified skills and productivity growth performance: cross-country evidence at industry level, Labour Economics, 19: 351-360
Mason, G. (2012), Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Technicians in the UK Economy, London: Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Mason, G. (2011), Product strategies, skills shortages and skill updating needs in England: New evidence from the National Employer Skills Survey, 2009, Evidence Report 30, London: UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
Mason, G. and Nohara, H. (2010), "How well-rewarded is inter-firm mobility in the labour market for scientists and engineers? New evidence from the UK and France", Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 19(5-6): 459-480.
Mason, G. and Osborne, M. (2010), Des sorts très divers: rémunération et qualité de l’emploi temporaire au Royaume Uni [Mixed fortunes: pay and job quality in temporary employment in the UK], in Belkacem, R., Kornig, C. and Michon, F. (eds), L’intérim dans tous ses états, Paris: Editions L’Harmattan.
Mason, G. and Salverda, W. (2009),"Low pay, living standards and employment" in J. Gautié and J. Schmitt (eds), Low Wage Work in the Wealthy World, New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
Mason, G., Bishop, K. and Robinson, C. (2009) "Business growth and innovation: the wider impact of rapidly-growing firms in UK city-regions", Research Report BGI/36, London: National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).
Mason, G., Williams, G. and Cranmer, S. (2009) "Employability skills initiatives in higher education: what effects do they have on graduate labour market outcomes", Education Economics, 2009, 17(1): 1-30
Mason, G., Mayhew, K. and Osborne, M. (2008) "Low pay, labour market institutions and job quality in the UK" in C. Lloyd, G. Mason, K. Mayhew (eds), Low-Paid Work in the UK, New York: Russell Sage Foundation
Mason, G., O’Leary, B., O’Mahony, M. and Robinson, K. (2007) "Cross-country productivity performance at sector level: the UK compared with the US, France and Germany", Report to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR)
Mason, G. (2005) "In Search of High Value Added Production: How Important Are Skills?", Research Report 663, Department for Education and Skills (DfES)
Mason, G., Beltramo, J-P and Paul, J-J (2004) "External knowledge sourcing in different national settings: a comparison of electronics establishments in Britain and France", Research Policy, 2004, 33(1): 53-72
Mason, G. (2002) "High skills utilisation under mass higher education: graduate employment in service industries in Britain", Journal of Education and Work, 15(4): 427-456
Mason, G. (2001) "The mix of graduate and intermediate-level skills in Britain: what should the balance be?", Journal of Education and Work, 2001, 14(1): 5-27
Mason, G. (2000) "Production supervisors in Britain, Germany and the United States: back from the dead again?", Work, Employment and Society, 14(4): 625-645
Barrell, R., Mason, G. and O’Mahony, M. , eds(1999) "Productivity, Innovation and Economic Performance", Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Finegold, D. and Mason, G. (1999) "National training systems and industrial performance: US-European matched-plant comparisons", Research in Labor Economics, 18: 331-358
Mason, G. and Wagner, K. (1999) "Knowledge transfer and innovation in Britain and Germany: “Intermediate institution” models of knowledge transfer under strain?", Industry and Innovation, 6(1): 85-110
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