Dr Ben Etheridge

Department of Economics
Dr Ben Etheridge
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    +44 (0) 1206 872889

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    5B.135, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Tuesday 2pm-4pm

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


Journal articles (5)

Etheridge, B., (2019). House Prices and Consumption Inequality. International Economic Review

Brewer, M., Etheridge, BS. 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


Female Selection into Occupations and Occupational Prices

British Academy


Statistical Profile of Haven Gateway

Essex County Council

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5B.135, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesday 2pm-4pm