In July 2017 Matt Dickson was appointed as a Reader in Public Policy at the Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath, UK. Prior to this he held roles as a Lecturer and a Prize (Research) Fellow at the University of Bath. Immediately prior to joining Bath in 2012 he held a Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland. Matt completed his Ph.D in Economics at Warwick University, UK, in February 2009 and subsequently held an ESRC post-doctoral research fellowship at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, University of Bristol, UK. His research interests include applied micro-econometrics, poverty dynamics and the economics of education and pay. Matt’s research to date focuses on the economic returns to education, the public-private pay gap and poverty dynamics. At the IPR, Matt leads the programme of research on widening participation in higher education, with current projects examining the earnings returns to undergraduate and post-graduate degrees, the role of further education in progression to higher education and the impact of early health on educational outcomes. Matt also continues to research the returns to education more broadly.
Matt joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in August 2008 and became a Research Fellow in December 2011.