Allanson, Paul


  • 320 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
1992 …2019
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Personal profile


Paul Allanson is a Professor in the School of Business. 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, he moved to Dundee in 1995.

External Affiliations

  • Member of Royal Economic Society
  • Member of  Health Economic Study Group


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 over more than a decade 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 current research is on the dynamic relationship between health and socioeconomic status, where the perceived 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.  In particular, 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 proposes novel stratification measures that may be used both to evaluate differences in population health and wellbeing using ordinal data and to investigate the sociodemographic determinants of such inequalities.


  • Economic Policy
  • Econometrics
  • Health Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, University of Manchester

Bachelor of Science, Newcastle University

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apartheid Social Sciences
wage Social Sciences
income Social Sciences
wage difference Social Sciences
Income Business & Economics
land use Social Sciences
health Social Sciences
Farm income Business & Economics

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 1992 2019

Open Access
agricultural policy
Cost-Benefit Analysis
farm income
107 Downloads (Pure)

On the measurement of the overall degree of income stratification between groups

Allanson, P., Jun 2018, In : Review of Income and Wealth. 64, 2, p. 388-405 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Power indices
Income distribution
2 Citations (Scopus)
52 Downloads (Pure)

Patient preferences for topical treatment of actinic keratoses: a discrete-choice experiment

Kopasker, D., Kwiatkowski, A., Martin, R. N., Harwood, C. A., Ismail, F., Lear, J. T., Thomson, J., Hasan, Z., Wali, G. N., Milligan, A., Crawford, L., Ahmed, I., Duffy, H., Proby, C. & Allanson, P., 21 May 2018, In : British Journal of Dermatology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Actinic Keratosis
Patient Preference
Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Accounting for differences in population health between the regions of the United Kingdom: a new measurement framework for ordinal data

Allanson, P., Jul 2017, Dundee: University of Dundee, 43 p. (Dundee Discussion Papers in Economics; no. 298).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

Open Access
Population health
Ordinal data
Health outcomes
1 Citation (Scopus)
92 Downloads (Pure)

Income mobility and income inequality in Scottish agriculture

Allanson, P., Kasprzyk, K. & Barnes, A. P., Jun 2017, In : Journal of Agricultural Economics. 68, 2, p. 471-493 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
farm income


Inequality, Redistribution and Mobility of Agricultural Incomes in Scotland

Author: Kasprzyk, K., 2014

Supervisor: Allanson, P. (Supervisor), Morelli, C. (Supervisor) & Barnes, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Structure, nature and determinants of international production networks in East Asia: the automobile industry

Author: Abdul Aziz, S., 2016

Supervisor: Allanson, P. (Supervisor) & Petrie, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy