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Research interests

Kerry Papps is a labour economist, working mostly in the areas of personnel economics and sports economics. He joined the University of Bath in 2011 and became a senior lecturer in 2013. Kerry undertook his undergraduate education in New Zealand and worked for the New Zealand Department of Labour before completing a PhD at Cornell University, where he held a Fulbright Scholarship.

From 2007-2010 he was a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and in 2011 was a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University. In 2017-2018, he was based at Motu Research in New Zealand.

Kerry is a research fellow of the IZA, Bonn and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and he is an associate member of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy at Bath. He has been commissioned to provide research for the World Bank and the Low Pay Commission.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University

Bachelor of Science with Honours, University of Canterbury

Master of Commerce and Administration, Victoria University of Wellington

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research Fellow, IZA - Institute of Labor Economics


Research Output

Why so many tennis players go pro even though few ‘make it’

Grove, W., Jetter, M. & Papps, K. L., 4 Jan 2018, The Conversation.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Career Wage Profiles and the Minimum Wage

    Papps, K. L., 1 Aug 2014, The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), p. 1-24, 24 p. (IZA Discussion Paper; no. No. 8421).

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

    Open Access

    Cross-assignment discrimination in pay: A test case of major league baseball

    Bodvarsson, Ö. B., Papps, K. L. & Sessions, J. G., 1 Jun 2014, In : Labour Economics. 28, p. 84-95 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Multilateral restrictions on industrial policy: the impact of eliminating local content requirements in the automotive sector

    Author: Martinelli, L., 30 Jun 2016

    Supervisor: Copestake, J. (Supervisor), Charles, A. (Supervisor), Subasat, T. (External person) (Supervisor) & Papps, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    The effects of different types of taxes and government expenditure on economic performance

    Author: Perez Fuentes Aleman, L., 6 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Feldmann, H. (Supervisor) & Papps, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    The effects of income inequality on economic growth: evidence from China

    Author: Chen, W., 8 May 2018

    Supervisor: Papps, K. L. (Supervisor) & Mishra, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD