Professor Phil Murphy
Professor Emeritus (School of Management)
School of Management
Room: Office 213 - 213
Second Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus

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.

Publications

  1. Blackaby, D., Feldtead, A., Jones, m., Makepeace, G., Wass, V., Murphy, P. Is the Public Sector Pay Advantage Explained by Differences in Work Quality? (Ed.), Unequal Britain at Work 147 166 Oxford OUP
  2. Jones, M., Jones, R., Latreille, P., Murphy, P., Sloane, P., Murphy, P., Sloane, P. A regional analysis of flows into and out of the UK national minimum wage Applied Economics 45 21 3074 3087
  3. Blackaby, D., Latreille, P., Murphy, P., O'Leary, N., Sloane, P., Blackaby, D., Murphy, P. An Analysis of Reservation Wages for the Economically Inactive Journal of economics letters 97 1 1 5
  4. Mainwaring, L., Moore, N., Murphy, P., Murphy, P. A regional comparison of enterprise patent holdings: a study of British and Irish data Research Policy 36 10 1655 1665
  5. Murphy, P., Latreille, P., Jones, M., Blackaby, D., Murphy, P. Is There a Public Sector Training Advantage? Evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey British Journal of Industrial Relations 46 4 674 701

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Supervision

  • Subjective wellbeing, inequality and accessibility: country and neighbourhood level analyses (current)

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

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

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