Professor Stan Siebert

Professor Stan Siebert

Department of Management
Professor of Labour Economics

Contact details

Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

W Stanley Siebert is Professor of Labour Economics at the Business School, where he has worked since 1980. He gained his PhD at the London School of Economics. He has published widely in the major economics and industrial relations journals including the Academy of Management Journal, British Journal of Industrial Relations,  Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Management Science and Oxford Economic Papers. He is the author of two texts on labour economics The Market for Labor: An Analytical Treatment (with John Addison) and The Economics of Earnings (with Solomon Polachek). He has also edited a survey of European labor market regulation Labour Markets in Europe: Issues of Harmonisation and Regulation  (co edited with John Addison).

Stan is a member of IZA (Institute for the Study of Labour, Bonn) where most of his recent papers can be accessed (

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Teaching: Personnel Economics, a final-year 20-credit module (with Dr. Deniz Sevinc)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Industrial relations (unions, worker participation);
  • European social and labour policy;
  • Vocational training and education;
  • Wage issues (gender wage gap, minimum wages, wage inequalities)


  • Project 1 aims to examine employment and wages of unskilled workers within OECD countries, and specifically to consider labour policies such as minimum wages and employment protection laws. Project can be widened to consider education/training of the unskilled and the class wage gap. Data are literature surveys plus original data eg EUKLEMS
  • Project 2 analyses the cost-effectiveness of a guide-style education feedback improvement using an RCT in 10 schools in rural China where there are special problems of “left-behind” children. Feedback notes are shared with the absent parents.

Other activities


"Evidence on intergenerational income transmission using complete Dutch population data", Economics Letters, April 2020, 189: article 108996 (with F. Carmichael, C. Darko, M. Ercolani, C. Ozgen)

“A model-based evaluation of the long-term cost-effectiveness of systematic case-finding for COPD in primary care”, Thorax Aug 2019, 74 (8): 730-739 (with S. Jowett, R. Jordan, P. Adab et al.) DOI: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212148

“Factors associated with work productivity among people with COPD: Birmingham COPD Cohort”, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, vol. 74, Dec 2017: 859-867 (with K. Rai, R.Jordan, P. Adab, et al.)

“The impact of Greek labour market regulation on temporary employment - Evidence from a survey in Thessaly, Greece” International Journal of Human Resource Management, vol. 50, Nos 17-18, October 2015: 2366-93 (with Achilleas Anagnostopoulos)

"TargetCOPD: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of targeted case finding for COPD versus routine practice in primary care: protocol." BMC Pulmonary Medicine. 2014 vol 10. With R Jordan, P Adab, S Jowett, J Marsh, R Riley, A Enocson, M Miller, B Cooper, A Turner, J Ayres, K Cheng, K Jolly, R Stockley, S Greenfield, A Daley and D Fitzmaurice.

“Examining the Use of Agency Workers: Can Family Friendly Practices Reduce their Use?”, Industrial Relations (Berkeley), vol. 50, No. 3, July 2011: 535-64 (with John S Heywood and Xiangdong Wei).

 “Work-Life Balance: Promises Made and Promises Kept”, International Journal of Human resource Management, vol. 21, No. 11, September 2010: 1976-1995 (with John Heywood and Xiangdong Wei).

 “Management Economics in a Large  Retail Company”, Management Science, vol. 56, No. 8, August 2010: 1398-1414 (with Nikolay Zubanov).

“Searching for the Optimal Level of Employee Turnover: A Study of a Large UK Retail Organization” Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 52, No. 2 April 2009: 294-313 (with Nikolay Zubanov).

“Real Wage Cyclicality in Italy”, Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, vol. 22, No. 4, December 2008: 569-591 (with Fei Peng).

“The Implicit Costs of Family Friendly Work Practices”, Oxford Economic Papers, vol. 59, No. 2, April 2007: 275-300 (with John Heywood and Xiangdong Wei).

"Labour Market Regulation in the EU-15: Causes and Consequences - A Survey" in P Bernholz and R Vaubel (eds.) Political Competition and Economic Regulation, Didcot, Ox.: Routledge Explorations in Economic History, 2007:113-136.

“The Impact of Deunionisation on Earnings Dispersion Revisited”, Research in Labor Economics, vol. 26, 2006: 337-364 (with John Addison and Ralph Bailey).

“To Centralize or not to Centralize: Towards Efficient Labor Market Models in an Enlarged Union”, in Wojciech Bienkowski and Joseph Brada (eds.) Reaganomics Goes Global: What Can the EU Learn from the U.S.A.?, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006: 217-34. [Polish translation, Warsaw: Szkola Glowna Handlowna, 2006: 406-424].

“Building Blocks in the Economics of Mandates”, Portuguese Economic Journal, Vol. 5, No. 2, August 2006: 69-87 (with John Addison and Richard Barrett).

“Does Employment Protection Reduce the Demand for Unskilled Labour?”, International Economic Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2005: 197-222 (with Kirsten Daniel).

“Labor Market Regulation and Production Worker Hiring Standards: International Comparisons”, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, D. Lewin and B. Kaufman, eds, Stamford, Conn. and London: JAI Press/Elsevier, 2003: 39-72 (with Kirsten Daniel).

“Changes in Collective Bargaining in the U.K.” in John Addison and Claus Schnabel (eds.) International Handbook of Trade Unions, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; 2003: 415-60 (with John Addison),

"Worker Sorting and Job Satisfaction: the Case of Union and Government Jobs", Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 55, No. 4, October 2002: 595-609 (with John Heywood and Xiangdong Wei).

"Labour Market Regimes and Worker Recruitment and Retention in the European Union: Plant Comparisons", British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 38, No. 4, December 2001: 505-28 (with Jane Morton).

"Measurement Error and the Effect of Unions on the Compensating Differentials for Fatal Workplace Risks", Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol. 23, No. 1, Spring 2001: 33-56 (with Robert Sandy, R.F.Elliot and X.D.Wei).


“Employment protection, productivity, wages and jobs in Europe” (with John Heywood,  Mary O’Mahony and Ana Rincon-Aznar), IZA Working Paper 11788, Sept 2018.

“Enhanced Teacher-parents Communication and Human Capital Outcomes of ‘Left-behind’ Children in China” (with A. Wong, X Zhou and X Wei), IZA Working Paper 11347, Feb 2018.

Book review: Labour Supply and Taxation, by Richard Blundell, OxfordUP (2016), Economic Affairs, 2016, vol 36 (1): 396-398

"The Simple Economics of Minimum Wages” in Chris Coyne and Rachel Coyne (eds.) Floors and Ceilings - the Economics of Price Controls, London: Institute of Economic Affairs, Hobart Paperback, 2015: 45-71.

“Worker welfare, human capital and labour markets” (with Mary O’Mahony), e-Frame Conference, Amsterdam February 2014

“Family Business: People Capital”, London: Institute for Family Business, June 2013 (with Nick Bacon and Kim Hoque)

“The Consequences of a Piece Rate on Quantity and Quality: Evidence from a Field Experiment” (Sept 2013), IZA Discussion Paper 7660 (with John Heywood and Xiangdong Wei) paper funded by ESRC-Hong Kong RGC.

“HRM Practices and Performance of Family-Run Workplaces: Evidence from the 2004 WERS” (January 2011) IZA Discussion Paper 5899 (with Y. Maimaiti and F. Peng).

“Job Satisfaction and Labor Market Institutions in Urban China” (July 2009) IZA Discussion Paper 4524 (with John S Heywood and Xiangdong Wei).

“Wage Dispersion in a Partially Unionised Labor Force” (June 2009) IZA Discussion Paper No. 4202 (with John Addison and Ralph Bailey).

“The Gender Education Gap in China: the Power of Water” (April 2009) IZA Discussion Paper No. 4108 (with Yasheng Maimaiti).

“Understanding the Labour Market for Older Workers” (February 2009) IZA Discussion Paper No. 4033 (with John Heywood).

“Evidence on Modernising EU Labour Law - Memorandum for the Unquoted Companies Group”, House of Lords European Union Committee, 22nd Report of Session 2006-07, London: House of Lords: 200-204.

“Labour Market Regulation: Some Comparative Lessons”, Economic Affairs, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2005: 3-10.

"Public Choice and Urban Economics – the Unnoticed Link between Liquor Licensing and Urban Sprawl”, Economic Affairs, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2003: 22-27.

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