WISERD Co-Director
Swansea University

Nigel is a Professor of Economics at Swansea University and deputy director of WELMERC (Welsh Labour Market Evaluation and Research Centre). He is an applied economist with a special interest in labour market and well-being considerations. He has a wealth of research and consultancy experience in the areas of labour economics and regional labour markets, economic development and inequalities, and educational attainment. Clients have included BP, Welsh Government, Welsh Development Agency, Equal Opportunities Commission and CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) amongst others.

Identity and civic divides in the UK
Identity and civic divides in the UK examines the relationship between different forms of identity (disability, sexuality, religion) and political participation and wellbeing. It explores whether identity groups experience differential abilities to exercise rights, and
Research Team:
David Blackaby (Swansea University), Nigel O'Leary (Swansea University), Melanie Jones (Cardiff University)
The Gender Pay Gap in Wales
Aims The aims of the project were to examine the pay statistics for Wales, for 2008 and other relevant years to determine possible reasons for the widening of the pay gap between women and men. Methodology The research methodology was desk based analysis of published data
Research Team:
David Blackaby (Swansea University), Philip Murphy (Swansea University), Nigel O'Leary (Swansea University), Sami Souabni
Journal Articles
Sexual identity and wellbeing: A distributional analysis
The relationship between sexual identity and wellbeing is analysed in an unconditional panel quantile setting. There is heterogeneity across sexual identity and gender for homosexuals and, for all but lesbians, sexual minorities are less satisfied than heterosexuals below...
April 2019
Journal Articles
The Employment and Earnings of Britains Senior Citizen
Britain's senior citizens, in common with the rest of Europe, are the fastest growing age group among the population and the numbers working have grown substantially. In 2007 the numbers working at or beyond the state pension age (65 and over for men, 60 and over for women)...
Inequalities | September 2009