• 707 Citations
  • 12 h-Index

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Personal profile


I joined the University of Dundee as Professor of Economics in September 2014. After completing my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics at the University of Oslo, I became a Research Economist at Statistics Norway prior to moving to the UK in 1994. I undertook a PhD in Economics at the University of Cambridge which was awarded in 1998. Before coming to Dundee, I was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Labour Economics at the University of Kent. Prior to that, I had also been a Research Officer at Keele University and a Research Fellow at Warwick University.

My main research interests include the economics of education, labour economics, and applied microeconometrics. I am Research Fellow of the IZA - Institute of Labor Economics and Fellow of the Global Labor Organization (GLO). I also have consulting experience with the UK Department for Education (DfE),Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), among others. I have been an elected council member of the Scottish Economic Society (SES) and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at UNSW Canberra, Australia.

I am currently member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 199430 Sep 1997

Award Date: 31 Jul 1998

External positions

Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics

31 Jul 2018 → …


31 Jul 2017 → …


  • HB Economic Theory
  • Education and Labour Economics
  • HC Economic History and Conditions

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Research Output

  • 707 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 33 Article
  • 3 Commissioned report

Elite School Designation and Housing Prices - Quasi-experimental Evidence from Beijing, China

Huang, B., He, X., Xu, L. & Zhu, Y., 2 Sep 2020, In : Journal of Housing Economics. 50, 18 p., 101730.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 73 Downloads (Pure)

    Multiple job holding in the United Kingdom: Evidence from the British household panel survey

    Wu, Z., Baimbridge, M. & Zhu, Y., 2019, In : Applied Economics. 41, 21, p. 2751-2766 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 17 Citations (Scopus)

    Returns to higher education subjects and tiers in China: Evidence from the China Family Panel Studies

    Kang, L., Peng, F. & Zhu, Y., 11 Dec 2019, In : Studies in Higher Education. 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)