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Professor Kerry Papps

Professor in Economics

Faculty/Dept/School School of Management
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 238573


Kerry Papps joined the University of Bradford in 2022. He is a labour economist who researches the effects of the minimum wage and other social policies. He also has an interest in what labour economists can learn from professional and amateur sports.

Kerry undertook his undergraduate education in New Zealand and worked for the New Zealand Department of Labour before completing a PhD at Cornell University, where he held a Fulbright Scholarship. From 2007-2010 he was a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and in 2011 was a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University.

Prior to joining Bradford, Kerry worked for 11 years at the University of Bath. While there, he directed Bath’s Master of Research programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and was director of impact within the Department of Economics.

Kerry is a research fellow of the IZA, Bonn and a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has been commissioned to provide research for the World Bank and the UK Low Pay Commission.


Year Module code Title Subject
AFE7501-BQuantitative Methods in Finance

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-07: Cornell University - PhD
  • 01-JAN-99: Victoria University of Wellington - MCA
  • 01-JAN-98: University of Canterbury - BSc (Hons)
  • 01-OCT-22: University of Bradford - Professor of Economics
  • 01-OCT-13: University of Bath - Senior Lecturer in Economics
  • 01-SEP-11: University of Bath - Lecturer in Economics
  • 01-JAN-11: Cornell University - Visiting Assistant Professor
  • 01-OCT-07: Nuffield College, University of Oxford - Research Fellow
  • 21-MAR-22: Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow
  • 01-JAN-08: IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Research Fellow
  • 01-JAN-18: Advisory Board for Erasmus Centre for Applied Sports Economics,
  • Director of Studies (Post Graduate Taught)
  • 01-JUN-21: Low Pay Commission - Hiring behaviour and the national minimum wage
  • 01-MAR-19: Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership - Local skills analysis for the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • 01-MAR-15: Low Pay Commission - How the national minimum wage affects flows in and out of employment: An investigation using worker-level data
  • 01-MAR-13: Low Pay Commission - Beyond the wage: Changes in employment and compensation patterns in response to the national minimum wage


TitleWho goes on disability when times are tough? The role of work norms among Immigrants (2022)
AuthorsFurtado, D.; Papps, KL; Theodoropoulos, N
JournalEuropean Economic Review
TitleCareer lotto? Labor supply in a superstar market (2021)
AuthorsGrove, WA; Jetter, M; Papps, KL
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
TitleSports at the vanguard of labor market policy (2020)
AuthorsPapps, KL
JournalIZA World of Labor
TitleCross-assignment discrimination in pay: A test case of major league baseball (2014)
AuthorsBodvarsson, OB; Papps, KL; Sessions, JG
JournalLabour Economics
TitleThe transmission of women’s fertility, human capital and work orientation across immigrant generations (2013)
AuthorsBlau, FD; Kahn, LM; Liu, AYH, Papps, KL
JournalJournal of Population Economics
TitleThe effects of social security taxes and minimum wages on employment: Evidence from Turkey (2012)
AuthorsPapps, KL
JournalIndustrial and Labor Relations Review
TitleHeterogeneous worker ability and team-based production: Evidence from major league baseball (2011)
AuthorsPapps, KL; Bryson, A; Gomez, R
JournalLabour Economics
TitleGender, source country characteristics, and labor market assimilation among immigrants (2011)
AuthorsBlau, FD; Kahn, LM; Papps, KL
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
TitleEarnings inequality and gender in New Zealand, 1998-2008 (2010)
AuthorsPapps, KL
JournalNew Zealand Economic Papers
TitleAsset pricing in created markets (2007)
AuthorsNewell, R; Papps, KL; Sanchirico, J
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
TitleWages, employment, labour turnover and the accessibility of local labour markets (2006)
AuthorsMorrison, PS; Papps, KL; Poot, J
JournalLabour Economics
TitleInvestigating a wage curve for New Zealand (2001)
AuthorsPapps, KL
JournalNew Zealand Economic Papers
TitleUnemployment and crime: New evidence for an old question (2001)
AuthorsPapps, KL; Winkelmann, R
JournalNew Zealand Economic Papers
TitleBilingualism in the labour market (2021)
AuthorsClifton-Sprigg, J; Papps, KL
JournalLabor Markets, Migration, and Mobility: Essays in Honor of Jacques Poot
TitleDevelopments in phased retirement (2006)
AuthorsHutchens, R; Papps, KL
JournalReinventing the Retirement Paradigm
PublisherOxford University Press
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleA £15 national minimum wage won’t tackle the cost of living crisis — an economist explains why (2022)
AuthorsPapps, KL
PublisherThe Conversation
Other typeMagazine Article
TitleWhy so many tennis players go pro even though few ‘make it’ (2018)
AuthorsJetter, M; Papps, KL; Grove, WA
PublisherThe Conversation