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PhD Studentship - The Effects of the National Living Wage on Health Outcomes

University of Strathclyde - Economics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Glasgow
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st January 2020
Closes: 30th April 2020

Deadline for applications: 30th April 2020

Project Summary: A three-year Economics PhD scholarship for candidates who wish to evaluate the effects of the National Living Wage on health and health inequalities.

Eligibility: Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • An good first degree (at least 2:1), preferably with a economics or similar quantitative component
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, with the expected completion date no later than September 2020
  • An interest in health inequalities and policy evaluation, with a willingness to conduct advanced data analysis to approach research questions
  • A willingness to engage both with rigorous academic work and with realising the impact of research findings beyond the confines of academia.
  • Candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country).

Project Details:

In April 2016, the UK introduced a new statutory National Living Wage (NLW) at £7.20 for all workers aged 25 and above, which corresponds to a 7% increase from the National Minimum Wage. This project will evaluate the effects of the NLW introduction on a range of health-related outcomes and overall health inequalities and add to prior research on the effects of income assistance programs on the well-being of society.

Combining highly detailed individual and macroeconomic-level data from several different data sources, this project will examine the effects of the policy change on a range of outcomes, such as physical and mental health, health care visits, health behaviours and financial stress. Findings of whether the NLW had indirect effects on indicators of well-being such as physical and mental health should contribute to political discussions about the success of the wage floor and whether it should be extended in the future.

Funding Details:

Home/EU fee plus annual stipend at the RCUK rate (£15,009 in 2019/2020).

Supervisory Team:

Dr. Otto Lenhart, Department of Economics

Professor Alec Morton, Department of Management Science

Contact Us:

If you have any queries about this project, please contact the lead supervisor Otto Lenhart at

Department PGR Administrator: Kathleen Tyrell (

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