Projects per year
I am a Reader in Public Policy at the Institute for Policy Research, where I lead the programme of research on widening participation in higher education. Current projects examine 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 later educational and labour market outcomes. I also continue to research the returns to education more broadly having published a number of papers examining the causal effects of education on earnings, employment, health, and the education of the next generation.
I have been at the University of Bath since 2012, first as a Prize (Research) Fellow and then a lecturer before moving into my current role at the IPR in 2017. Prior to joining Bath I held positions at University College Dublin and the University of Bristol. I attained my PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick in 2009.
My research primarily uses microeconometric techniques applied to large-scale survey and administrative datasets to address research questions related to the economics of education - particularly higher education. Currently my main research projects use the Dept. for Education's Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset - which links National Pupil Database, Higher Education Statistics Agency and HMRC data. In other recent or ongoing projects I have used the New Earnings Survey Panel Dataset, the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, UKHLS, BHPS, the ALSPAC cohort data and the UK BioBank.
I am a Research Fellow at the IZA (Institute of Labor Economics). My full CV can be downloaded here: http://legacy.iza.org/en/webcontent/personnel/vitae/4324_cv.pdf
I am currently on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Social Policy and the Journal of Education and Work.
Willing to supervise doctoral students
I am interested in supervising PhD students from economics/advanced quantitative methods backgrounds who are investigating topics in the economics of education, in particular:
- Widening participation in higher education
- Returns to education
- Social mobility
Social and economic consequences of health: causal inference methods and longitudinal, intergenerational data
1/04/18 → 31/03/21
Project: UK charity
1/12/20 → 31/03/21
Project: Research council
Do subject requirements of degree courses impose unfair or inappropriate constraints on who can apply, and impair efforts to widen access to higher education?
19/02/18 → 18/02/21
An analysis of the employment and earning returns to Higher Education for graduates (undergraduate degrees and/or post-graduate degrees) using administration data
1/12/17 → 28/10/19
Project: Central government, health and local authorities
Common health conditions in childhood and adolescence, school absence, and educational attainment: Mendelian randomization studyHughes, A., Wade, K. H., Dickson, M., Rice, F., Davies, A. R., Davies, N. M. & Howe, L. D., 19 Oct 2020, (Acceptance date) In: Nature Partner Journal - Science of Learning.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Dickson, M. & Macmillan, L., 23 Jan 2020, Higher Education Policy Institute Occasional Paper Series.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › ArticleOpen AccessFile65 Downloads (Pure)
The Causal Effects of Health Conditions and Risk Factors on Social and Socioeconomic Outcomes: Mendelian Randomization in UK BiobankHarrison, S., Davies, A. R., Dickson, M., Tyrrell, J., Green, M. J., Katikireddi, S. V., Campbell, D., Munafó, M., Dixon, P., Jones, H. E., Rice, F., Davies, N. M. & Howe, L. D., 31 Oct 2020, In: International Journal of Epidemiology. 49, 5, p. 1661-1681
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Downloads (Pure)
Dickson, M., Van der Erve, L., Vignoles, A., Walker, I., Waltmann, B. & Zhu, Y., Sep 2020, Department for Education.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportFile15 Downloads (Pure)
Dickson, M. & Macmillan, L., 25 Feb 2019, In: Oxford Economic Papers. 72, 1, p. 1-24 24 p., gpz028.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access