People

Dr Ben Etheridge

Senior Lecturer
Department of Economics
Dr Ben Etheridge
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872889

  • Location

    5B.213, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesday: 2pm-3pm (UK time) Online and in-person. In-person students will be given priority. For students on EC401, go to the module moodle page for the Zoom code. For other students, e-mail me for an appointment.

Profile

Qualifications

  • PhD University College London, (2012)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Essex (1/10/2020 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Life-cycle consumption, saving and labour supply

Open to supervise

Earnings/Income dynamics

Open to supervise

Inequality: Supply and demand of workplace skills

The employment and wage structures are changing rapidly across the developed world. This change is likely to accelerate with the introduction of new advanced technologies such as AI. In ongoing work we are using some of the excellent data available in the UK to examine the extent to which social skills in particular are becoming more important in the labour market.

Open to supervise

Inequality: Belief heterogeneity and information acquisition

Otherwise identical people often behave in very different ways. For example, we observe substantial variation in rates of saving for retirement. Of several possibilities for explaining this behaviour, one is that individuals have different beliefs about what the future will bring. In this work, we examine heterogeneity in beliefs among older workers about pension reform and see how these beliefs react to information flows coming from the Government and the media.

Open to supervise

Household formation over the lifecycle

In this work we examine the determinants of young adults' residency choices. Why and when do they leave their parents' homes to start their own families.

Open to supervise

Inequality: The role of housing

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Introductory Macroeconomics (EC401)

Previous supervision

Aminat Abiola Raheem
Aminat Abiola Raheem
Thesis title: Monetary Policy, Generational Inequality and Wealth Distribution in the UK
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 26/1/2024
Desire De Luca
Desire De Luca
Degree subject: Occasional Study: Economics (Research)
Degree type: Occasional Postgraduate Study
Awarded date: 22/7/2022
Julian Costas Fernandez
Julian Costas Fernandez
Thesis title: Three Essays on Migration Economics
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 4/3/2020
Kebba Jammeh
Kebba Jammeh
Thesis title: Remittances, Consumption Insurance and Family Labour Supply
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/1/2020
Paul Alejandro Garcia Hinojosa
Paul Alejandro Garcia Hinojosa
Thesis title: Essays on Minimum Wages and Declining Wage Inequality in Latin America
Degree subject: Economics
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 15/1/2020

Publications

Journal articles (10)

Burdett, A., Etheridge, B., Tang, L. and Wang, Y., (2024). Worker productivity during Covid-19 and adaptation to working from home. European Economic Review, 104788-104788

Etheridge, B. and Spantig, L., (2022). The Gender Gap in Mental Well-Being At the Onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Evidence from the UK. European Economic Review. 145, 104114-104114

Ciani, E., Delavande, A., Etheridge, B. and Francesconi, M., (2022). Policy Uncertainty and Information Flows: Evidence from Pension Reform Expectations. The Economic Journal. 133 (649), 98-129

Burdett, A., Davillas, A. and Etheridge, B., (2021). Weather, mental health and mobility during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Health Economics. 30 (9), 2296-2306

Cavaglia, C. and Etheridge, B., (2020). Job Polarization and the Declining Quality of Knowledge Workers:Evidence from the UK and Germany. Labour Economics. 66, 101884-101884

Etheridge, B., (2019). House Prices and Consumption Inequality. International Economic Review. 60 (4), 1781-1822

Brewer, M., Etheridge, B. and O'Dea, C., (2017). Why are households that report the lowest incomes so well-off. The Economic Journal. 127 (605), F24-F49

Etheridge, B., (2015). A test of the household income process using consumption and wealth data. European Economic Review. 78, 129-157

Blundell, R. and Etheridge, B., (2010). Consumption, income and earnings inequality in Britain. Review of Economic Dynamics. 13 (1), 76-102

Ekins, P. and Etheridge, B., (2006). The environmental and economic impacts of the UK climate change agreements. Energy Policy. 34 (15), 2071-2086

Grants and funding

2022

Worker Adaptation to Working from Home during and after Covid-19

British Academy

2017

Female Selection into Occupations and Occupational Prices

British Academy

2013

Statistical Profile of Haven Gateway

Essex County Council

Contact

bsethe@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872889

Location:

5B.213, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesday: 2pm-3pm (UK time) Online and in-person. In-person students will be given priority. For students on EC401, go to the module moodle page for the Zoom code. For other students, e-mail me for an appointment.