David Blackaby is Professor of Economics at Swansea University. Main areas of research are labour markets, regional economics, public policy and the Welsh Economy. 1996 to 2005 he was Head of the Economics Department, 2005 to 2008 Deputy Head of the School of Business and Economics and 2012 to 2013 Director of Research College of Business, Economics and Law at Swansea University. He was a member of the Economics and Econometrics panel and the Business and Management Panel for the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and Econometrics and Business and Management sub-panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In 1999, 2006 and 2014 he was a member of The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education Panel, responsible for writing the Benchmark statement for Economics. Between 2006 and 2010 member of the ESRC Research Resources Board, Senior Examiner (Economics) for ESRC PhD Competition 2003-2006, Chair of ESRC Postgraduate Training Recognition Panel for Economics 2007 and deputy chair 2005. He was a member of CHUDE (Conference of Heads of UK Departments of Economics) Steering Group between 2001 and 2010. Between 2008-2011 was a member of ABS Panel producing the Academic Journal Quality Guide. Former chair of the Lecturers’ Associate Swansea University. Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.