Author: Six Swansea Economists

Economics at Swansea has a strong record of research on regional and labour economics and the Welsh economy.

This research has been developed mainly within two research centres; WELMERC (Welsh Economy and Labour Market Evaluation Research Centre, supported by £1.3 of European Social Fund) and WISERD (Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods supported by £1.2m from the ESRC and Welsh Funding Council).

Overall Impact
This research has revealed deeply entrenched labour market inequalities, in a number of important areas; including ethnic, gender and disability pay gaps and the economic returns to skills. This research has directly informed policy and related debates on a broad range of inequalities in Wales and the UK, and skills mismatches in the EU. In particular, this research:

  • Has been used extensively by the Welsh Government to assess the equality impact of the Welsh budget;
  • Was used by the majority of unitary authorities in Wales in developing their equality priorities;
  • Has demonstrated international reach through informing policy debates in Australia and the European Union.

Funder: ESRC, Government
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) measures the quality of research in universities in the UK

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