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Dr Padraig Dixon

Dr Padraig Dixon

Dr Padraig Dixon
BA, MSc, MPhil, DPhil, DipFM

Research Fellow

Office BS9
Oakfield House,
Oakfield Grove, Clifton BS8 2BN
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+44 (0) 117 33 13378


I hold an MRC Skills Development Fellowship. This three-year programme of work (2017-2020) uses Mendelian Randomization to study the causal effect of traits, behaviours and health conditions on healthcare costs and on quality of life.



I hold degrees in Economics from Trinity College Dublin (BA) and Nuffield College, Oxford (MPhil and DPhil), and in Health Economics from the University of York (MSc). I hold a diploma in Financial Management awarded by the ACCA.

Before joining the School, I worked for a number of years as an economic consultant in the private sector, advising regulators, governments and large corporates on the economic issues that arise in the regulation of network industries.   

Activities / Findings

A preprint of our work using Mendelian Randomization to analyze the causal effect of adiposity on hospital costs is available here:


I lecture on Health Economics to undergraduate on the MB ChB programme at the University of Bristol, and to undergraduates taking the intercalated BSc in Genomic Medicine. I am co-lead organiser of the short course on "R for economic evaluation and economic modelling". I lecture to practising physicians as part of the 'Health Economics Leadership Management' programme, and  have lectured to trainee psychiatrists on the appraisal of economic evaluations as part of the MRCPysch examinations and to a broad range of delegates on the School's 'Introduction to Economic Evaluation' short course. I was a tutor to undergraduate students of economics at the University of Oxford. 


  • Mendelian Randomization
  • economic evaluation
  • economic modelling
  • quality of life
  • RCTs

Recent publications

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