My main research interests are in employment policies, including the comparative study of employment in different countries, the economic appraisal of social policies, and comparative public expenditure. I am currently working on a study of in-work poverty in the UK as part of a study of in-work poverty in Europe. Development and social security in India is another interest.
Topics I have worked on include:
(i) Employment Policies
Welfare to work policies in Britain and Europe.
Ways of targeting labour market programmes.
Swedish active labour market policies.
The employment implications of child care.
(ii) Economic appraisal of social policy
The appraisal of breast cancer screening.
The appraisal of public childcare.
(iii) Comparative public expenditure
Data on expenditure on the functions of government.
I have supervised the following theses: the impact of economic rationalism and new public management in two Scottish maternity care units; comparison of policies for low attaining secondary school students in Scotland and Ontario; quality management: a study in an Amazonian Environmental Research Institute; and lone parents on Family Credit: employment decisions and perceptions.
‘Data on the functions of government: Where are we now? Chapter with P. Norris in Castles F.G. The Disappearing State? Edward Elgar, 2007
‘What is the most effective way of targeting labour market programmes on clients?' in I. Nicaise and O'Connor eds. Best Practice in the evaluation of labour market programmes for vulnerable groups, Transaction Press, 2006.
‘Introduction: Britain's New Deals', International Journal of Manpower, 25, 5, 2004.
Public Policy for the 21st Century, book edited by Neil Fraser and John Hills, Policy Press, Dec. 2000, including chapter by myself ‘Economic Policy Analysis'.
‘How strong is the case for targeting active labour market policies? A review of efficiency and equity arguments', International Journal of Manpower, 20, 3/4, 1999.
Economic Policy Analysis: A Rights-Based Approach, book written jointly with Henry Neuburger, published by Avebury, 1993.
Childcare in a Modern Welfare System, written with Bronwen Cohen, published by Institute for Public Policy Research, 1991.
'Economic Policy in Sweden : Are there lessons from the Swedish model?', International Review of Applied Economics, June 1987.