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social policy evaluation; disability and the labour market; contingent employment; education; health behaviours


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Personal profile

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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Research Output

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

Broadway, B., Kalb, G., McVicar, D. & Martin, B., 02 Apr 2020, In : Feminist Economics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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
  • Zero Hours Contracts and Their Growth

    Farina, E., Green, C. & McVicar, D., 28 Nov 2019, In : British Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

    Open Access
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    IZA Research Fellow

    Duncan McVicar (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Appointment


    The dynamics of disability and benefit receipt in Britain

    Duncan McVicar (Invited speaker)
    26 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    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