Stephen Machin

Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, has been President of the European Association of Labour Economists, is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and was an independent member of the Low Pay Commission from 2007-14. He is the Chair of Sub-Panel 16 Econometrics of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021).

Professor Stephen Machin’s current areas of research are:

  • Labour market inequality: Wage inequality trends; Falling real wages; Trends in assortative matching in earnings; Skill bias in consumption.
  • Economics of education: Academy schools; Phonics programmes for reading; Postgraduates and within-graduate wage inequality; Foreign student increases.
  • Economics of crime: Crime scars and the making of career criminals; Prolific offenders; Prices and returns to crime; Technology and illegal drugs markets.
Content by Stephen Machin
  • Project

    Informal workers and labour market risk during COVID-19 in India

    Informal work, such as through casual, temporary, and contract work, is a defining feature of labour markets in many developing countries and more recently in developed countries. India has one of the highest shares of informal work in the world, estimated to be between 75-90 percent of all workers. It typifies the current concerns over informal workers suffering...

    10 Dec 2020 | Stephen Machin, Swati Dhingra