Professor Simon Burgess

Professor Simon Burgess

Professor Simon Burgess
Professor of Economics

2C1,
The Priory Road Complex, Priory Road, Clifton
BS8 1TU
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simon.burgess@bristol.ac.uk

Telephone Number (0117)3310764

Department of Economics

Personal profile

For details on my research and more see: http://simonburgesseconomics.co.uk/ 

Research

Simon Burgess's current research interests are in the economics of education, including the importance of teachers, pupils and schools, market structure in education, incentives, and choice. He has also worked on the performance of ethnic minorities in schools and ethnic segregation. Previously he worked on labour economics more generally, including: an economic model of poverty dynamics, empirical models of incentives in organisations, the role of markets in education and health, unemployment and gross job and worker flows. 

Fields of interest

Economics of education




Latest publications

  1. Burgess, SM, Tominey, E & Propper, C, 2016, ‘Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from a Government Agency’. Economic Journal.
  2. Harris, R, Johnston, R & Burgess, S, 2016, ‘Tangled spaghetti: Modelling the core catchment areas of London’s secondary schools’. Environment and Planning A, vol 48., pp. 1681-1683
  3. Allen, R, Burgess, SM, Davidson, R & Windmeijer, F, 2015, ‘More reliable inference for the dissimilarity index of segregation’. The Econometrics Journal, vol 18., pp. 40-66
  4. Burgess, SM, Greaves, EJ, Vignoles, AF & Wilson, DJ, 2015, ‘What parents want: school preferences and school choice’. Economic Journal, vol 125., pp. 1262-1289
  5. Greaves, E & Burgess, SM, 2013, ‘Test scores, subjective assessment and stereotyping of ethnic minorities’. Journal of Labor Economics, vol 31., pp. 535-576
  6. Allen, R & Burgess, SM, 2013, ‘Evaluating the provision of school performance information for school choice’. Economics of Education Review, vol 34., pp. 175-190
  7. Burgess, SM, Wilson, DJ & Worth, J, 2013, ‘A natural experiment in school accountability: the impact of school performance information on pupil progress’. Journal of Public Economics, vol 106., pp. 57-67
  8. Dezetaux, C, Burgess, SM, Burton, P & Emond, A, 2013, ‘Life Study: a UK-wide birth cohort study of environment, development, health, and wellbeing.’. Lancet, vol 382., pp. S31
  9. Allen, R, Burgess, SM & Mckenna, LS, 2013, ‘The short-run impact of using lotteries for school admissions: Early results from Brighton and Hove’s reforms’. Transactions IBG.
  10. Slater, H, Davies, N & Burgess, S, 2012, ‘Do teachers matter? Measuring the variation in teacher effectiveness in England’. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, vol 74., pp. 629-645
  11. Burgess, S & Allen, R, 2011, ‘Can school league tables help parents choose schools?’. Fiscal Studies, vol 32 (2)., pp. 245 - 262
  12. Greaves, E, Burgess, S, Wilson, D & Vignoles, A, 2011, ‘Parental choice of primary school in England: What types of school do different types of family really have available to them?’. Policy Studies, vol 32., pp. 531-547
  13. Wilson, D, Burgess, S & Briggs, A, 2011, ‘The dynamics of school attainment of England’s ethnic minorities’. Journal of Population Economics, vol 24., pp. 681 - 700
  14. Burgess, S, Thompson, SG, Burgess, S, Thompson, SG, Andrews, G, Samani, NJ, Hall, A, Whincup, P, Morris, R, Lawlor, DA, Smith, GD, Timpson, N, Ebrahim, S, Ben-Shlomo, Y, Smith, GD, Timpson, N, Brown, M, Ricketts, S, Sandhu, M, Reiner, A, Psaty, B, Lange, L, Cushman, M, Hung, J, Thompson, P, Beilby, J, Warrington, N, Palmer, LJ, Nordestgaard, BG, Tybjaerg-Hansen, A, Zacho, J, Wu, C, Lowe, G, Tzoulaki, I, Kumari, M, Sandhu, M, Yamamoto, JF, Chiodini, B, Franzosi, M, Hankey, GJ & others 2010, ‘Bayesian methods for meta-analysis of causal relationships estimated using genetic instrumental variables’. Statistics for Medicine, vol 29., pp. 1298 - 1311
  15. Burgess, S, Thompson, SG, Burgess, S, Thompson, SG, Andrews, G, Samani, NJ, Hall, A, Whincup, P, Morris, R, Lawlor, DA, Smith, GD, Timpson, N, Ebrahim, S, Ben-Shlomo, Y, Smith, GD, Timpson, N, Brown, M, Ricketts, S, Sandhu, M, Reiner, A, Psaty, B, Lange, L, Cushman, M, Hung, J, Thompson, P, Beilby, J, Warrington, N, Palmer, LJ, Nordestgaard, BG, Tybjaerg-Hansen, A, Zacho, J, Wu, C, Lowe, G, Tzoulaki, I, Kumari, M, Sandhu, M, Yamamoto, JF, Chiodini, B, Franzosi, M, Hankey, GJ & others 2010, ‘Bayesian methods for meta-analysis of causal relationships estimated using genetic instrumental variables’. Statistics for Medicine, vol 29., pp. 1298 - 1311
  16. Burgess, S & Briggs, A, 2010, ‘School assignment, school choice and social mobility’. Economics of Education Review, vol 29 (4)., pp. 639 - 649
  17. Burgess, S & Turon, H, 2010, ‘Worker flows, job flows and unemployment in a matching model’. European Economic Review, vol 54., pp. 393 - 408
  18. Burgess, S, Propper, C, Ratto, M, Scholder, SvHK & Tominey, E, 2010, ‘Smarter Task Assignment or Greater Effort: The Impact of Incentives on Team Performance’. Economic Journal, vol 120 ., pp. 968 - 989
  19. Allen, R & Burgess, SM, 2010, ‘Evaluating the Provision of School Performance Information for School Choice’. University of Bristol, CMPO, pp. 1-38
  20. Burgess, SM, Wilson, DJ & Worth, J, 2010, ‘A natural experiment in school accountability: the impact of school performance information on pupil progress and sorting’. University of Bristol, CMPO, pp. 0-45
  21. Burgess, S, Lane, J & McKinney, K, 2009, ‘Matching, Reallocation and Changes in Earnings Dispersion’. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, vol 71 ., pp. 91 - 110
  22. Atkinson, A, Burgess, S, Croxson, B, Gregg, P, Propper, C, Slater, H & Wilson, D, 2009, ‘Evaluating the impact of performance-related pay for teachers in England’. Labour Economics, vol 16., pp. 251 - 261
  23. Propper, C, Burgess, S & Gossage, D, 2008, ‘Competition and Quality: Evidence from the NHS Internal Market 1991-1999’. Economic Journal, vol 118 (525)., pp. 138 - 170
  24. Burgess, S, Gregg, P, Propper, C & Washbrook, E, 2008, ‘Maternity rights and mothers' return to work’. Labour Economics, vol 15., pp. 168 - 201
  25. Wilson, DJ, Johnston, R, Harris, RJ & Burgess, SM, 2008, ‘'Sleepwalking towards segregation?' The changing ethnic composition of Engoish schools 1997-2003 an entry cohort analysis’. Transactions IBG, vol 33., pp. 73-90
  26. Burgess, S, Propper, C, Wilson, D & Johnson, D, 2008, ‘The transition of pupils from primary to secondary school in England’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 33., pp. 388 - 403
  27. Atkinson, A, Burgess, S, Gregg, P, Propper, C & Proud, S, 2008, ‘The Impact of Classroom Peer Groups on Pupil GCSE Results’. University of Bristol
  28. Burgess, S & Lord, J, 2008, ‘Should public servants get bonuses?’.
  29. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Knies, G, 2008, ‘Keeping up with the Schmidt's - An Empirical Test of Relative Deprivation Theory in the Neighbourhood Context’. Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, vol 128 (1)., pp. 75 - 108
  30. Burgess, S, Spiess, K & Haussermann, H, 2008, ‘Introduction: "Neighbourhood Effects Studies on the Basis of European Micro-data"’. Journal of Applied Social Science Studies, vol 128 (1)., pp. 3 - 6
  31. Harris, R, Johnston, R & Burgess, S, 2007, ‘Neighborhoods, ethnicity and school choice: developing a statistical framework for geodemographic analysis’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol 26., pp. 553-579
  32. Goldstein, H, Burgess, S & McConell, B, 2007, ‘Modelling the effect of pupil mobility on school differences in educational achievement’. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (Statistics in Society), vol 170 (4)., pp. 941 - 954
  33. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Wilson, D, 2007, ‘The Impact of School Choice in England: Implications from the economic evidence’. Policy Studies, vol 28 (2)., pp. 129 - 143
  34. Propper, C, Burgess, S, Bolster, A, Leckie, G, Jones, K & Johnston, R, 2007, ‘The impact of neighbourhood on the income and mental health of British social renters’. Urban Studies, vol 44 (2)., pp. 393 - 415
  35. Burgess, S, Johnston, R & Wilson, D, 2007, ‘Ethnic segregation and educational performance at secondary school in Bradford and Leicester’. Environment and Planning, A, vol 39 (3)., pp. 609 - 629
  36. Andersson, F, Burgess, S & Lane, J, 2007, ‘Cities, matching and the productivity gains of agglomeration’. Journal of Urban Economics, vol 61 (1)., pp. 112 - 128
  37. Bolster, A, Burgess, S, Johnston, R, Jones, K, Propper, C & Sarker, R, 2007, ‘Neighbourhoods, households and income dynamics: a semi-parametric investigagion of neighbourhood effects’. Journal of Economic Geography, vol 7 (1)., pp. 1 - 38
  38. Propper, C, Rigg, J & Burgess, S, 2007, ‘Child health: evidence on the roles of family income and maternal mental health from a UK birth cohort’. Health Economics, vol 16 (11)., pp. 1245 - 1269
  39. Johnston, R, Jones, K, Propper, C & Burgess, S, 2007, ‘Region, Local Context, and Voting at the 1997 General Election in England’. American Journal of Political Science, vol 51 (3)., pp. 640 - 654
  40. Burgess, S, McConnell, B, Propper, C & Wilson, D, 2007, ‘The Impact of School Choice on Sorting by Ability and Socioeconomic Factors in English Secondary Education’. in: L Woessmann, PE Peterson (eds) Schools and the Equal Opportunity Problem. MIT Press, pp. 273 - 292
  41. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Gardiner, K, 2006, ‘School, Family and County Effects on Adolescents' Later Life Chances’. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, vol 27(2)., pp. 155 - 184
  42. Propper, C, Wilson, D & Burgess, S, 2006, ‘Extending Choice in English Health Care: The Implications of the Economic Evidence’. Journal of Social Policy, vol 35 (4)., pp. 537 - 557
  43. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Dickson, M, 2006, ‘The Analysis of Poverty Data with Endogenous Transitions’. Fiscal Studies, vol 27(1)., pp. 75 - 98
  44. Aassve, A, Burgess, S, Propper, C & Dickson, M, 2006, ‘Employment, family union and childbearing decisions in Great Britain’. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Statistics in Society, vol 169 (4)., pp. 781 - 804
  45. Johnston, R, Burgess, S, Wilson, D & Harris, R, 2006, ‘School and Residential Ethnic Segregation: An Analysis of Variations across England's Local Education Authorities’. Regional Studies, vol 40(9)., pp. 973 - 990
  46. Propper, C, Burgess, SM, Bolster, AA, Leckie, G, Jones, K & Johnston, R, 2006, ‘The impact of neighbourhood on the income and mental health of British social renters’., pp. 1-37
  47. Briggs, A, Burgess, S & Wilson, D, 2006, ‘The Dynamics of Secondary School Attainment of Minority Ethnic Students in Wales’. Welsh Assembly Government
  48. Johnston, R, Propper, C, Sarker, R, Jones, K, Bolster, A & Burgess, S, 2005, ‘Neighbourhood social capital and neighbourhood effects’. Environment and Planning A, vol 37 (8)., pp. 1143 - 1459
  49. Burgess, S & Turon, H, 2005, ‘Unemployment Dynamics in Britain’. Economic Journal, vol 115 (503)., pp. 423 - 448
  50. Propper, C, Jones, K, Bolster, A, Burgess, S, Johnston, R & Sarker, R, 2005, ‘Local neighbourhood and mental health: Evidence from the UK’. Social Science and Medicine, vol 61 (10)., pp. 2065 - 2083
  51. Gregg, P, Washbrook, E, Propper, C & Burgess, S, 2005, ‘The Effects of a Mother's Return to Work Decision on Child Development in the UK’. Economic Journal, vol 115 (501)., pp. F48 - F80
  52. Johnston, R, Propper, C, Burgess, S, Sarker, R, Bolster, A & Jones, K, 2005, ‘Spatial Scale and the Neighbourhood Effect: Multinomial Models of Voting at Two Recent British General Elections’. British Journal of Political Science, vol 35 (3)., pp. 487 - 514
  53. Burgess, S, Wilson, D & Lupton, R, 2005, ‘Parallel lives? Ethnic segregation in schools and neighbourhoods’. Urban Studies, vol 42 (7)., pp. 1027 - 1056
  54. Burgess, S & Wilson, D, 2005, ‘Ethnic segregation in England's schools’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol 30 (1)., pp. 20 - 36
  55. Johnston, R, Sarker, R, Jones, K, Bolster, A, Propper, C & Burgess, S, 2005, ‘Egocentric economic voting and changes in party choice: Great Britain, 1992-2001’. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, vol 1., pp. 129-144
  56. Gregg, P, Propper, C, Washbrook, E, Burgess, S & Meadows, S, 2005, ‘Up To 7. Understanding the Impact of Poverty on Children of the 90s’. DfES
  57. Johnston, R, Wilson, D & Burgess, S, 2005, ‘England's multi-ethnic educational system? A classification of secondary schools’. Environment and Planning A, vol 37., pp. 45 - 62
  58. Johnston, R, Jones, K, Propper, C, Sarker, R, Burgess, S & Bolster, A, 2005, ‘A missing level in the analysis of British voting behaviour: the household as context as shown by analyses of a 1992-1997 longitudinal survey’. Electoral Studies, vol 24., pp. 201 - 225
  59. Andersson, F, Burgess, S, Holzer, H & Lane, J, 2005, ‘Where are the Good Jobs? The Role of Local Geography’. in: F Andersson, HJ Holzer, JI Lane (eds) Moving Up or Moving On: Who Advances in the Low-Wage Labor Market?. Sage, New York
  60. Burgess, S, Scholder, SvHK, Propper, C, Ratto, M & Tominey, E, 2005, ‘Evaluation of the Introduction of the Makinson Incentive Scheme in HM Customs and Excise’. HM Customs and Excise
  61. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Wilson, D, 2005, ‘Will More Choice Improve Outcomes in Education and Health Care? The Evidence from Economic Research’. CMPO Report, University of Bristol
  62. Johnston, R, Jones, K, Sarker, R, Propper, C, Burgess, S & Bolster, A, 2004, ‘Party support and the neighbourhood effect: spatial polarisation of the British electorate, 1991-2001’. Political Geography, vol 23., pp. 367 - 502
  63. Wilson, D, McConnell, B, Burgess, S & Propper, C, 2004, ‘Girls Rock, Boys Roll: An Analysis of the Age 14-16 Gender Gap in English Schools’. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, vol 51., pp. 209 - 229
  64. Propper, C, Burgess, S & Green, K, 2004, ‘Does competition between hospitals improve the quality of care? Hospital death rates and the NHS internal market’. Journal of Public Economics, vol 88 (7-8)., pp. 1247 - 1272
  65. Atkinson, A, Burgess, S, Croxson, B, Gregg, P, Propper, C, Slater, H & Wilson, D, 2004, ‘Evaluating the Impact of Performance-related Pay for Teachers in England’.
  66. Burgess, S, Propper, C, Ratto, M & Tominey, E, 2004, ‘Evaluation of the Introduction of the Makinson Incentive Scheme in Child Support Agency’. Child Support Agency
  67. Johnston, R, Jones, K, Burgess, S, Propper, C, Sarker, R & Bolster, A, 2004, ‘Scale, Factor analyses and neighbourhood effects’. Geographical analysis, vol 36(4)., pp. 350 - 368
  68. Wilson, D, Burgess, S & Johnston, R, 2004, ‘School Segregation in Multi-Ethnic England’. Ethnicities, vol 4., pp. 237 - 266
  69. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Aassve, A, 2003, ‘The Role of Income in Marriage and Divorce Transitions Among Young Americans’. Journal of Population Economics, vol 16(3)., pp. 455 - 475
  70. Tominey, E, Burgess, S, Propper, C & Ratto, M, 2003, ‘Incentives in the Public Sector: Some Preliminary Evidence from a UK Government Agency, CMPO Working Paper 03/080’.
  71. Burgess, S, Propper, C, Ratto, M & Tominey, E, 2003, ‘Evaluation of the Introduction of the Makinson Incentive Scheme in Jobcentre Plus’. Jobcentre Plus
  72. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Gossage, D, 2003, ‘Competition and Quality: Evidence from the NHS Internal Market 1991-1999, CMPO Working Paper, 03/077’.
  73. Dickson, M, Burgess, S & Propper, C, 2003, ‘The Analysis of Poverty Data with Endogenous Transitions, Bristol Economics Discussion Paper, 03/543’.
  74. Propper, C, Burgess, S, Rees, H & Shearer, A, 2003, ‘The Class of '81: The Effects of Early Career Unemployment Experiences’. Journal of Labour Economics, vol Volume 10, no. 3., pp. 291 - 311
  75. Turon, H & Burgess, S, 2003, ‘Unemployment Equilibrium and On-The-Job Search, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 753’.
  76. Ratto, M & Burgess, S, 2003, ‘The Role of Incentives in the Public Sector: Issues and Evidence’. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, vol Volume 19, no. 2., pp. 285 - 300
  77. Aassve, A, Burgess, S, Chesher, A & Propper, C, 2002, ‘Transitions from home to marriage of young Americans’. Journal of Applied Econometrics, vol 17 (1)., pp. 1 - 23
  78. Ratto, M, Burgess, S & Propper, C, 2002, ‘Using Financial Incentives to Promote Teamwork in Health Care’. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, vol 7(2)., pp. 89 - 70
  79. Burgess, S & Propper, C, 2002, ‘The Dynamics of Poverty in Britain’. in: J Hills, J Le Grand, D Piachaud (eds) Understanding Social Exclusion. Oxford University Press
  80. Wilson, D, Burgess, S & Propper, C, 2002, ‘Does Performance Monitoring Work? A Review of the Evidence from the UK Public Sector, Excluding Health Care, CMPO Working Paper, 02/049’.
  81. Burgess, S, Propper, C & Wilson, D, 2002, ‘Does Performance Monitoring Work? A Review of the Evidence from the UK Public Sector, Excluding Health Care’. Commission for Health Improvement
  82. Burgess, S & Profit, S, 2001, ‘Externalities in the Matching of Workers and Firms in Britain’. Labour Economics, vol Voume 8, no. 3., pp. 313 - 333
  83. Burgess, S, Propper, C, Ratto, M, Jewitt, I & Croxson, B, 2001, ‘Team-Based Incentives in the NHS: An Economic Analysis, CMPO Working Paper 01/037’.
  84. Burgess, S, Lane, J & Stevens, D, 2001, ‘Churning Dynamics: Firm-Level Analysis of Hiring’. Labour Economics, vol 8(1)., pp. 1 - 14
  85. Burgess, S & Anderson, P, 2000, ‘Empirical Matching Functions: Estimation and Interpretation Using State-Level Data’. Review of Economics and Statistics, vol 82., pp. 93 - 102
  86. Burgess, S, Knetter, M & Michelacci, C, 2000, ‘Employment and Output Adjustment in the OECD: A Disaggregate Analysis of the Role of Job Security Provisions’. Economica, vol 67., pp. 419 - 435
  87. Turon, H & Burgess, S, 2000, ‘Unemployment Dynamics, Duration and Equilibrium: Evidence From Britain’. CEPR Discussion Paper, vol 2490.
  88. Burgess, S, Lane, J & Stevens, D, 2000, ‘Reallocation of Labour and the Lifecycle of the Firm’. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, vol 62.
  89. Burgess, S, 2000, ‘Le Chomage au Royaume-Uni: une perspective dynamique’. Economie et Statistique, vol 2, 332-333., pp. 117 - 132
  90. Burgess, S, Lane, J & Stevens, D, 2000, ‘Job Flows, Worker Flows and Churning’. Journal of Labour Economics, vol 18(3)., pp. 473 - 502
  91. Burgess, S & Propper, C, 1999, ‘Poverty in Britian’. in: P Gregg, J Wadsorth (eds) The State of Working Britian. Manchester University Press
  92. Burgess, S, Lane, J & Salvanes, K, 1999, ‘Sources of Earnings Dispersion in a Linked Employer-Employee Dataset: Evidence from Norway’. in: J Haltiwanger, J Lane, J Spletzer, J Theeuwes, K Troske (eds) The Creation of Analysis of Employer and Employee Matched Data. North Holland
  93. Burgess, S, Lane, J, Miranda, J & Spletzer, J, 1999, ‘The Effect of Firm and Worker Characteristics on Earnings Dispersion: Longitudinal Evidence from linked Data’. in: J Haltiwanger, J Lane, J Spletzer, J Theeuwes, K Troske (eds) The Creation and Analysis of Employer and Employee Matched Data. North Holland
  94. Rees, H, Burgess, S, Propper, C & Shearer, A, 1999, ‘The Class of '81: The Effects of Early Career Unemployment on Subsequent Unemployment Experiences’. CMPO Working Paper, vol 99/011.
  95. Burgess, S & Rees, H, 1998, ‘A disaggregate analysis of the evolution of job tenure in Britain, 1975-1993’. British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol 36., pp. 629 - 655
  96. Burgess, S, 1998, ‘The Use of Longitudinal Matched Worker-Employment Data in Labor Market’. American Statistical Association Proceedings.
  97. Burgess, S & Propper, C, 1998, ‘Early health related behaviours and their impact on later life chances: evidence from the US’. Health Economics, vol 7., pp. 381 - 399
  98. Burgess, S, 1998, ‘Analysing Firms, Jobs & Turnover’. Monthly Labor Review, vol 121., pp. 55 - 57
  99. Burgess, S & Knetter, M, 1998, ‘An International Comparison of Employment Adjustment to Exchange Rate Fluctuation’. Review of International Economics, vol 6(1)., pp. 151 - 166
  100. Burgess, S, Lane, J & Stevens, D, 1998, ‘Hiring Risky Workers: Some Evidence’. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, vol 7(4)., pp. 669 - 976

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