Dr. Sergio Salis
Sergio leads NIESR’s Trade, Investment & Productivity team. He specialises in the evaluation of the impact of public policies using quasi-experimental design methods, and is interested in issues around international trade (in particular, the role of foreign direct investment and multinational enterprises in a country’s economic growth) and business productivity. For example, Sergio has conducted empirical research on the impact of foreign takeovers on the productivity of Slovenian manufacturing firms, and participated in the debate on the UK productivity gap through his studies on face-to-face communication and workplace productivity. He also has an interest in health economics, having recently completed an MRC/ESRC funded project which entailed estimating the impact of retirement on older people’s health in multi-country settings. Sergio is currently delivering a project entitled ‘Research into Work and Health Transitions’ (for the Department of Work and Pensions), aimed at shedding light on the characteristics and journeys of working-age individuals who experience adverse employment transitions because of ill-health or disability.
PhD (Economics), University of Cagliari (Italy)
MSc (Economics), University of Essex (UK)
BSc (Economics), University of Cagliari (Italy)
May 2018 – present: Associate Research Director (Trade, Investment & Productivity), NIESR
Sep 2013 - Apr 2018: Research Director (Evaluation), NatCen Social Research
Jan 2008 - Jul 2013: Research Fellow (Work & Social Policy), Policy Studies Institute (University of Westminster)
Aug 2006 - Sep 2007: Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of European Transformations (London Metropolitan University)
Salis, S., Smeaton, D. and Icardi, R. (2017) ‘Health Impact of Retirement: Evidence from matched data for the US, England and European Countries,’ available at http://workandretirement.uk/working-papers
Salis, S. and Williams, M.A. (2010), ‘Knowledge Sharing through Face-To-Face Communication and Labour Productivity: Evidence from British Workplaces,’ British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 48, Issue 2, pp. 436-459.
Añón Higón, D., Bozkurt, Ö., Clegg, J., Grugulis, I., Salis, S., Vasilakos, N. and Williams, M.A. (2010), ‘The Determinants of Retail Productivity: A Critical Review of the Evidence,’ International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 12, Issue 2, pp. 201-217.
Salis, S. (2008), ‘Foreign Acquisition and Firm Productivity: Evidence from Slovenia,’ The World Economy, Vol. 31, Issue 8, pp. 1030-1048.
Ashworth, K. and Salis, S. (2018), ‘Feasibility of evaluating the impact of the Access to Work programme,’ Research Report No 968, Department for Work and Pensions.
Salis, S., Wishart, R. and McKay, S. (2018), ‘Evaluation of the Innovation Fund Pilots: Quantitative assessment of impact and social return on investment,’ Research Report No 956, Department for Work and Pensions.
Salis, S., Wardle, H., Morris, S. and Excell, D. (2015), ‘ABB Code for Responsible Gambling and Player Protection: Evaluation of early impact among machine gamblers,’ Research report for the Responsible Gambling Trust.
Salis, S., Jabin, N. and Morris, S. (2015), ‘Evaluation of the impact of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and the Food Hygiene Information Scheme on food hygiene standards and food-borne illnesses,’ Research report for the Food Standard Agency.
Salis, S., Turley, C., Morris, S. and Irshad H. (2014), ‘Feasibility study to develop a robust evaluation of prison-based Democratic Therapeutic Communities,’ Research report for internal use at the National Offender Management Service.
Knight, G., Salis, S., Francavilla, F., Radu, D., Hevenstone, D., Mocca, E. and Tousley, B. (2013), ‘Provider-led Pathways to Work: Net impacts of employment and benefits,’ Working Paper No 113, Department for Work and Pensions.
Smeaton, D., Hudson, M., Deraniyagala, S., Francavilla, F., Ng, M., Phillips, J. and Salis, S. (2011), Impact of BIG Funding of Community Enterprise Overseas, Research report for the Big Lottery Fund.
Mackinnon, K., Salis, S. and Wilkinson, D. (2011), ‘Assessing the impact of receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA): Secondary analysis of existing data,’ Working Paper No 98, Department for Work and Pensions.
Bewley, H., Dorsett, R. and Salis, S. (2009), ‘The impact of Pathways to Work on work, earnings and self-reported health in the April 2006 expansion areas,’ Research Report No 601, Norwich: Department for Work and Pensions.
Bewley, H., Dorsett, R. and Salis, S. (2008), ‘The impact of Pathways on benefit receipt in the expansion areas,’ Research Report No 552, Norwich: Department for Work and Pensions.