Professor Paul Allanson


University of Dundee School of Business, School of Business

Economic Studies, School of Business

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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 policymakers 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.

Summary of research expertise

  • Health inequalities
  • Income redistribution
  • Mobility
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  • Economic Policy
  • Econometrics
  • Health Inequalities