Philip Murphy is a Professor of Economics in the Labour Economics Section in the School of Management at Swansea University. Before joining Swansea University in 1991, Professor Murphy held academic positions at the universities of Manchester, East Anglia, Aberdeen and IUPUI (USA).

He is an applied labour economist whose research interests span a number of areas including wage inequality the economics of discrimination, training, economic inactivity, spatial modelling, the dynamics of the national minimum wage, and the determinants of subjective wellbeing.

He has worked for the ESRC as an assessor of small grant proposals and between 2006/09 as an assessor for the ESRC’s open student grant competition.

He is currently a member of the Steering Group for the Committee of Heads of UK Departments of Economics (CHUDE), an associate member of the Spatial Economic Research Centre (SERC), a member of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), and a member of the Executive Group of the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW).

Professor Murphy has acted as special advisor to the Welsh Government on the Standard Spending Assessment, and along with colleagues at Swansea has completed numerous reports for government departments and public agencies that have contributed both to public policy debates and to policy design. He is currently the principle investigator on an ESRC sponsored research project examining “The Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Inequality and Work”, and has in the past few years been involved in research grant capture in excess of £11m.

Professor Murphy is currently supervising several research students and would welcome applications from prospective PhD students in any of the research areas identified above.

Supervision

  • 'Am Empirical Study of Self Employment and Labour Market Transition in the United Kingdom' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
    Other supervisor: Prof David Blackaby
    Other supervisor: Dr John Moffat
  • 'The Impact of Disability on Employment Outcomes' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Blackaby
  • 'Do the UK''''s Public and Private Sectors Differ? An econometric analysis into pay differentials and job satisfaction.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Blackaby
  • Subjective wellbeing (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Blackaby
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • An investigation of the socio-economic relationship between measures of civil society and social cohesion on subjective measures of individual wellbeing: a spatial analysis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Blackaby
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • 'Three essays on investment and growth' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jonathan James
    Other supervisor: Dr Rosen Chowdhury