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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

Bilingualism in the labour market

Clifton-Sprigg, J. & Papps, K. L., 9 Jun 2020, (Acceptance date) Labor Markets, Migration, and Mobility – Essays in Honor of Jacques Poot. Cochrane, W., Cameron, M. P. & Alimi, O. (eds.). Springer, Singapore

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sports at the vanguard of labor market policy

Papps, K. L., 8 Oct 2020, In : IZA World of Labor. 481, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

Open Access

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

Open Access
  • Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)