Professor of Economics
Cardiff University

Melanie joined Cardiff Business School in 2015 having previously held positions in the University of Sheffield and Swansea University. Her research in empirical labour economics involves the quantitative analysis of large scale secondary data. She has worked on a range of policy relevant issues but has a particular interest in the interaction between health and the labour market.

Her recent research has tried to answer questions such as Is there earnings discrimination against disabled individuals? Do older workers have more accidents and injuries at work? Do disabled individuals have a different perception of their treatment at work? This work has been published in high quality international journals such as Oxford Economic Papers, Economics Letters, Cambridge Journal of Economics, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Social Science and Medicine, and Work, Employment and Society.


Unlocking the potential of the Welsh Local Labour Force Survey: an investigation into labour market transitions in Wales
The project aimed to highlight the potential value of an important but currently underutilised dataset, the Welsh Local Labour Force Survey (WLLFS). The main aim was to provide new evidence relating to labour market transitions in Wales. In terms of the analysis we propose
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Philip Murphy (Swansea University)
Wellbeing, Deprivation & Social Cohesion
Overview This project utilised a range of econometric techniques to investigate the nature of the relationship between the domains of individual subjective wellbeing, individual and household characteristics, work/life circumstances, and a range of indicators related to the
Research Team:
David Blackaby (Swansea University), Philip Murphy (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Prashant Gupta (Swansea University), James Healy (Swansea University), Samuel Brown (Swansea University)
Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Work Quality
Pay and Job Quality: Is the Grass Greener in the Public Sector ? The unadjusted public-private sector pay differential has attracted considerable political interest since the coalition government came to power in the UK in 2010. It has been used to justify changes to pay
Research Team:
Philip Murphy (Swansea University), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass, Gerald Makepeace, Alan Felstead
An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales
The National Equality Panel’s report An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK provided a milestone in our understanding of relationships between people’s characteristics and their financial position. Through detailed analysis of complex datasets, some newly available, it
Research Team:
Rhys Davies (Cardiff University), Stephen Drinkwater (University of Roehampton), Caroline Joll, Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Huw Lloyd-Williams, Gerald Makepeace, Mamata Parhi (Swansea University), Alison Parken, Catherine Robinson (University of Kent), Chris Taylor (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass
Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector
In 2010 the UK coalition Government committed itself to an active policy of fiscal consolidation designed to ‘eliminate’ the structural deficit by the end of the current parliament (HM Budget, March 2011). As part of their consolidation plans the Government announced its
Research Team:
Philip Murphy (Swansea University), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass, Gerald Makepeace, Alan Felstead
Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Inequality
T he UK gender Pay gap 1998-2013: What is the role of the public sector? The Quarterly Labour Force Survey was used to compare gender wage gap in the public and private sectors between 1998 and 2013 and to identify the contribution of the sectoral employment allocation to
Research Team:
Philip Murphy (Swansea University), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass, Gerald Makepeace, Alan Felstead
Labour Market Implications of Changes in the Public Sector: Public Sector Pay
Pay determination and outcomes in the public sector Data from the Labour Force Survey was used to investigate public sector wage differential in the UK 1994 to 2012. In the first of a set of analyses, three separate sub-periods are considered in detail, each characterise
Research Team:
Philip Murphy (Swansea University), David Blackaby (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University), Victoria Wass, Gerald Makepeace, Alan Felstead
The Dynamics of Disability and Work in Britain
A journal article in The Manchester School. Volume 86, Issue 3. This paper examines the dynamic relationship between work-limiting disability and labour market outcomes using longitudinal data created by matching individuals in the Local Labour Force Survey (2004–10). By...