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Research Interests

Labour economics and economics of social policy, including:

  •  Evaluation of labour market programs, welfare reforms;
  •  Disability, inactivity and unemployment;
  •  Education, substance use, peer effects;
  •  Sequence analysis and applications to labour market data


Research Statement

Duncan McVicar is Professor of Economics at Queen's University Belfast, having previously worked at the University of Melbourne and the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre. His research interests include: program evaluation and welfare reform; disability, unemployment and inactivity; education, peer effects and substance use; and sequence analysis of labour market data. He has published widely in economics and social science, including in Applied Economics, Applied Economics Letters, Australian Economic Review, Contemporary Social Science, Economica, Economic & Social Review, Fiscal Studies, Industrial Relations, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A, Labour Economics, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics; Oxford Economic Papers, Regional Studies, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Social Science & Medicine, and Sociological Methods & Research. He is currently working on peer effects in education, VET reform, the links between homelessness and substance use, and disability benefits, among other things.


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Projects 2018 2018

Research Output 2000 2019

Does drug use lead to homelessness for young, disadvantaged people?

McVicar, D., Moschion, J. & van Ours, J., 01 Jun 2019, In : Significance. 16, 3, p. 10-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Exploiting the Irish Border to Estimate Minimum Wage Impacts in Northern Ireland

McVicar, D., Park, A. & McGuinness, S., 01 Jun 2019, In : IZA Journal of Labor Economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Minimum wage
Northern Ireland
National minimum wage
Living wage
Hours worked

The Impact of Paid Parental Leave on Labor Supply and Employment Outcomes in Australia

Broadway, B., Kalb, G., McVicar, D. & Martin, B., 14 Jun 2019, (Accepted) In : Feminist Economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

parental leave
labor supply
low income

Zero Hours Contracts and Their Growth

Farina, E., Green, C. & McVicar, D., 24 Oct 2019, (Accepted) In : British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Labour market

Achievement Effects from New Peers: Who Matters to Whom?

McVicar, D., Moschion, J. & Ryan, C., 01 Aug 2018, In : Economics of Education Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

primary school
secondary school


IZA Research Fellow

Duncan McVicar (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Appointment

Activities 2007 2019

Zero Hours Contracts and Their Growth

Duncan McVicar (Presenter)
26 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Health Costs of War and Trauma

Duncan McVicar (Member of the organising committee)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Norwegian University of Science & Technology

Duncan McVicar (Visitor)
26 Mar 201929 Mar 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution