Professor David Blackaby
Professor
Economics
Telephone: (01792) 602103
Room: Office 329 - 329
Third Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus

David is a Professor of Economics. His main areas of research are labour markets, regional economics and public policy, and he has published papers in the Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

From 1996 to 2005 he was the Head of Economics, 2005 to 2008 the Deputy Head of the School of Business and Economics and 2012 to 2013 the Director of Research, College of Business, Economics and Law. He was a member of Royal Economic Society Committee for Women in Economics 2002-2011 and from 1991 to 1995 he was convenor of the Labour Economics Study Group.

He was a member of the Business and Management panel and Economics and Econometrics panel for REA2008 and REF2014. In 1999, 2006 and 2014 he was a member of The QAA Panel, responsible for writing the Benchmark statement for Economics. He was also a member of ABS Panel producing Academic Journal Quality Guide 2008-2011. David's ESRC responsibilities include being a member of the Research Resources Board 2006-2010, Senior Examiner (Economics) for PhD Competition 2003-2006, Chair of Postgraduate Training Recognition Panel for Economics 2007 and deputy chair in 2005. He was a member of CHUDE Steering Group 2001-2010 and NHS Pay Review Body 2009-2015. David has attracted research grant income from a number of areas including the ESRC, European Social Fund, Welsh Government, WDA, HEFCW, Equal Opportunities Commission, Equalities and Human Rights Commission, SIGOMA and BP.

He is currently Director of Welsh Economy Labour Market Evaluation and Research Centre (WELMERC), Co-Director of the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research Data and Methods (WISERD), Associate Director of Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC) and Deputy Chair of Business and Management panel REF 2021.

He is also a Fellow of The Learned Society of Wales. David is currently supervising PhD students in the areas of Regional and Labour Economics.

Selected Research Grants:

WELMERC, ESF £1.6m

SERC, ESRC and Government Department £3.6m (lead from LSE)

WISERD, HEFCW and ESRC £4.8m (lead from Cardiff)

Areas of Expertise

  • Labour Economics
  • Regional Economics
  • Welsh Economy

Publications

  1. & Understanding What Has Been Happening to the Public‐Sector Pay Premium in Great Britain: A Distributional Approach Based on the Labour Force Survey. British Journal of Industrial Relations
  2. & Sexual identity and wellbeing: A distributional analysis. Economics Letters 181, 133-136.
  3. & The Welsh economy and the labour market. Welsh Economic Review 26(0), 1
  4. & Is the Public Pay Advantage Explanied by Differences in Work Quality?. In Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie, and Francis Green (Ed.), Unequal Britain at Work. (pp. 147-166). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  5. & Regional pay? The public/private sector pay differential. Regional Studies, 1-13.

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Teaching

  • MN-1510 Current Issues in Economics

    The module is an introduction to applied economics. It aims to show how basic economic concepts and methods can be used to provide insight and policy recommendations on a variety of topical economic issues.

  • MN-2023 Economic History and Industrial Development

    This module provides an overview of the history of global economic development since the mid-18th century.

Supervision

  • Skills, the Industrial Strategy and spreading prosperity throughout the UK (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF ETHNIC MINORITY AND IMMIGRANTS SELF-EMPLOYMENT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Murphy
    Other supervisor: Dr John Moffat
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • Essays on trust, corruption and political institutions (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • Subjective wellbeing, inequality and accessibility: country and neighbourhood level analyses (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Murphy
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • The nexus between contextual demand considerations on firm level pricing and the productivity gap in Wales. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Don Webber
  • Sexual Orientation and Well-being (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • An investigation of the socio-economic relationship between civil society and social capital on subjective well-being (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Murphy
    Other supervisor: Prof Nigel O'Leary
  • 'The Impact of Disability on Employment Outcomes' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Murphy
  • ''To what extent do the UK''s Public and Private Sectors differ? An econometric analysis into pay differentials and job satisfaction.'' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Phil Murphy
  • The environmental impacts of economic growth and environmental policies in Saudi Arabia (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Dimitrios Vougas
    Other supervisor: Dr Ilias Asproudis