Allanson, Paul


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I am a Professor of Economics in the School of Business. I am a graduate of Newcastle University (BSc Agric Econ) with a PhD from Manchester University. Formerly Lord Richard Percy Fellow in the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle, I moved to Dundee in 1995.

I am a founding member of Scottish Health Economics (SHE), which is a collaboration of health economists from Scotland’s Universities, NHS and Government and aims to support, promote and further develop health economics in Scotland by bringing together researchers and users of health economics to explore the development and application of health economics in Scotland.

I have served on the Scientific Review Panel for successive iHEA World Congresses, and I am also a member of the Health Economic Study Group and Royal Economic Society.


My major research interests lie in the area of applied microeconomics with a particular focus on the empirical analysis of welfare and inequality issues in a number of distinct fields of economic inquiry.  A common theme linking much of my work is the development and application of modelling frameworks to enhance understanding of the distributional implications of economic policies and societal change.

An agricultural economist by training, I have an established profile within this field for my work on the economic welfare of the farming community and the redistributive impacts of the Common Agricultural Policy.  More broadly, since moving to Dundee, I have also published on the evolution of the racial wage hierarchy in the South African labour market; imperfect competition among multiproduct firms; and the characterisation and measurement of income mobility as a process of distributional transformation. 

However, the main focus of my research over the past decade has been on the dynamic relationship between health and socioeconomic status. The importance of this topic stems from the increasing recognition among policy makers that reductions in socioeconomic health inequalities will not be achieved through health policies and health care systems alone but will require action across the whole range of public policies that impact on the health of individuals and communities.  My research in this emerging field seeks to develop longitudinal or follow-up methods to determine whether health inequalities primarily arise from chronic or transient patterns of social disadvantage, to monitor and explain changes in health inequalities over time, and to evaluate interventions designed to tackle health inequalities.

My most recent work establishes an ordinal framework for the comparative analysis of the performance of health care organisations. Specifically, we propose novel stratification indices to measure the scale of the postcode lottery faced by patients as a result of the geographical variation in the quality of GP services. Elimination of this postcode lottery would provide a measurable, policy-relevant objective to the extent that discrimination between patients on the basis of where they live is due to factors within the control of the national health service.  


  • Economic Policy
  • Econometrics
  • Economics of an Unequal World
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Health Inequalities

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, Modelling UK Agricultural Production: A Complete Systems Approach, University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Economics, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1983


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