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Research interests

My research is positioned in the general areas of labour economics and behavioural economics. I am particularly interested in how optimism influences occupational choice, labour market performance and happiness. My most recent work advocates being realistic as a route to contentment. 

My research has been featured in media outlets across the globe including the Atlantic, Business Standard, Daily Beast, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph Australia, Daily Star, El Confidential, Financial Express, Glamour US, Hindustan Times, Huffington Post, Independent, Mirror, New York Magazine, Sky News, Sun, Telegraph, Times and Sunday Times, Times of India.

Willing to supervise PhD

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students who are interested in these broad research fields.

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 20 Article
  • 4 Working paper
  • 2 Commissioned report
2 Citations (Scopus)
157 Downloads (Pure)

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Optimistic Entrepreneurs Earn Less

Dawson, C., de Meza, D., Henley, A. & Arabsheibani, R., 1 Jan 2019, In : European Economic Review. 111, p. 53-69 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Getting into the ‘Giving Habit’: The Dynamics of Volunteering in the UK

Dawson, C., Baker, P. & Dowell, D., 1 Oct 2019, In : Voluntas. 30, 5, p. 1006-1021 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Voluntary Work
21 Downloads (Pure)

How persistent is generalised trust?

Dawson, C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Sociology. 53, 3, p. 590-599 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)
137 Downloads (Pure)

Understanding the perception of the “Migrant Work Ethic”

Dawson, C., Veliziotis, M. & Hopkins, B., 1 Oct 2018, In : Work, Employment and Society. 32, 5, p. 822-830 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
moral philosophy
migrant worker
absence from work

Why optimism and entrepreneurship are not always a good mix for business

Dawson, C. & de Meza, D., 3 Oct 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access