• Geoff Mason

    Visiting Professor at LLAKES. Formerly Principal Research Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

    Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES)
    0790 5000 637
  • Geoff Mason

Role in LLAKES

Visiting Professor and Project Leader

Research Interests

Geoff Mason  has extensive experience of applied research studies, including cross-country comparisons, in the areas of productivity, innovation, education, training and labour markets, Among other projects in recent years, he has led research on productivity, innovation and skills in the UK, US, France and Germany; employer demand for skills in the UK; and a comparative study of vocational education and training systems in seven European countries.  This work has been funded by academic research councils, government departments and foundations in the UK, US and New Zealand and by European Union agencies.


  • LLAKES Projects

    Theme 1 Project 4: Student Debt, Higher Education Participation and Intermediate Skills Development

    Theme 2 Project 1: Skills, Innovation and Economic Growth

  • Recent Outputs and Activities

    Which skills contribute most to absorptive capacity, innovation and productivity performance? Evidence from the US and Western Europe, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2019.1610547 [with A. Rincon-Aznar and F. Venturini]

    What is holding back UK productivity? Lessons from decades of measurement, National Institute Economic Review, 2018, 246: R24-R35. [with M. O’Mahony and R. Riley]

    Does student loan debt deter higher education participation? New evidence from England, Annals of American Political and Social Science, 2017, 671(1): 20-48. [with C. Callender]

    Sources of labour productivity growth at sector level in Britain, 1998-2007: a firm level analysis, Review of Economics and Institutions, 7 (2): 1-43 [with C. Robinson and C. Rosazza Bondibene]

    Education, Skills and Productivity: commissioned research, First Joint Special Report of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees, House of Commons, Session 2015-15, London: The Stationery Office Ltd [with A. Rincon-Aznar]

    State of the Nation: A Review of the Evidence on the Supply and Demand of Quantitative Skills, London: The British Academy, 2015 [with M. Nathan and A. Rosso]

    Skills and training for a more innovation-intensive economy, in D. Bailey, K. Cowling and P. Tomlinson (eds), New Perspectives on Industrial Policy for a Modern Britain, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 [with Francis Green].

    Part-time higher education: employer engagement under threat?, Higher Education Quarterly, 2014, 68(3): 305–327, First published online: 24 July 2014, DOI: 10.1111/hequ.12053.

    The impact of recession on adult training: evidence from the UK in 2008-09, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 2014, First published online: 29 January 2014, DOI: 10.1111 /bjir.12057 [with K. Bishop]

    Investigating New Zealand-Australia Productivity Differences: New Comparisons at Industry Level, Working Paper 2013/02, Wellington: New Zealand Productivity Commission, 2013. 

    Certified and uncertified skills and productivity growth performance: cross-country evidence at industry level, Labour Economics, 2012, 19: 351-360 [with B. O’Leary and M. Vecchi]

    Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Technicians in the UK Economy, 2012, London: Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

    Skilled immigration and strategically important skills in the UK economy, 2012, London: Migration Advisory Committee, Home Office [with A. George, M. Lalani, H. Rolfe and C. Rosazza Bondibene]

    Product strategies, skills shortages and skill updating needs in England: New evidence from the National Employer Skills Survey, 2009, Evidence Report 30, London: UK Commission for Employment and Skills, 2011.

    How well-rewarded is inter-firm mobility in the labour market for scientists and engineers? New evidence from the UK and France, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2010, 19(5-6): 459-480 [with H. Nohara]

    Des sorts très divers: rémunération et qualité  de l’emploi temporaire au Royaume Uni [Mixed fortunes: pay and job quality in temporary employment in the UK], in Belkacem, R., Kornig, C. and Michon, F. (eds), L’intérim dans tous ses états, Paris: Editions L’Harmattan, 2010 [with M. Osborne]

    Low pay, living standards and employment, in J. Gautié and J. Schmitt (eds), Low Wage Work in the Wealthy World, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2009, [with W. Salverda]

    Employability skills initiatives in higher education: what effects do they have on graduate labour market outcomes?, Education Economics, 2009, 17(1): 1-30 [with G. Williams and S. Cranmer]


Contact Details

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    0790 5000 637
    Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES)