About

ROBSON_MATTHEW2

I am a Research Fellow in Economics, based at the University of York. My research focuses on inequality. First, by explaining how individuals behave when faced with inequality and second, by developing methods to analyse poverty and inequality in society.

I run incentivised experiments and develop behavioural models to further our understanding of prosocial behaviour and other-regarding preferences. Asking: why do individuals give? Who do they give priority to? How much do they care about inequality?

I also conduct applied research on inequality and poverty, in health and development, and develop methods to evaluate distributional impacts of policies and interventions. Throughout I focus on moving beyond averages, focusing on the distributions of outcomes and heterogeneity between different individuals.

Currently, I hold a Research Fellow position within the EQUIPOL research group; between the Centre for Health Economics and Department of Health Sciences. I am working with Tim Doran and Richard Cookson to develop methods to estimate the impacts of intervention on health inequalities.

Prior to this I completed my PhD in Experimental Economics, entitled “Inequality Aversion and Self-Interest: An Experimental Approach“. My supervisor was John Bone and I worked closely with John Hey.  Further to this, I am a part-time research assistant for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), conducting work on multidimensional poverty, and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Research Network for Economists and Philosophers (IRNEP).  I hold an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and a BA(Hons) in History and Economics from Bangor University.

Research Interests: Inequality; Distributive Justice; Revealed Preferences; Prosocial Behaviour; Social Welfare; Multidimensional Poverty; Incentivised Laboratory Experiments; Lab-in-the-Field Experiments; Quasi-Experiments; Health Economics; Development Economics.

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