Simon Burgess is a Professor of Economics at the University of Bristol. He was Director of the Centre for Market and Public Organisation, an ESRC Research Centre for 2004 – 2014, and also Director of the Centre for Understanding Behaviour Change, funded by the Department for Education, for 2010 – 2014.
Simon is a labour economist. He completed his PhD in Oxford in 1987 with Steve Nickell. His current research interests are in the economics of education, including teacher effectiveness, pupil effort, school admissions, and market-based education reforms (such as school performance tables, school accountability, choice and competition).
He also works on ethnic segregation in schools, and the educational performance of minority students. Previously, he worked on the analysis of poverty and household income dynamics, incentives in organisations, job tenure, employment and unemployment dynamics, and a few other topics.
He has served as Dean of Research of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at Bristol, and as an elected member of the Royal Economic Society’s Council, the Royal Economic Society’s Committee for Women in Economics, and an elected member of the Board of the European Society of Population Economics.