About

ROBSON_MATTHEW2I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Economics, at the University of York. My research focuses on inequality. First, by explaining how individuals behave when faced with inequality and second, in the analysis of poverty and inequality in society. For the former, I run incentivised lab and lab-in-the-field experiments to observe prosocial behaviour and estimate other-regarding preferences. For the latter, I draw upon the disciplines of Health Economics, to conduct quasi-experimental evaluations of the inequality impacts of health policies, and Development Economics, to analyse distributional changes in poverty over time.

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 conduct quasi-experimental evaluations of the inequality impacts of health and social policies.

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-founded 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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