Professor Jonathan Wadsworth


Jonathan Wadsworth is a professor of economics in the Economics department at Royal Holloway College, University of London. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Hull and his M.Sc and PhD from the London School of Economics. He is a senior research fellow at the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, an associate of CreAM - the CentRe for the Analysis and research in Migration at University College London. Between 2007 & 2016 he was a member of the UK Home Office’s Migration Advisory Committee. He has also worked with the World Bank and the OECD on skill shortage related issues.

His research interests are in applied economics, particularly issues of wages, employment, health, immigration and workless households – the concept and measurement of which he co-developed. In addition to publishing in refereed academic journals, he is the editor of the State of Working Britain volumes and blogs, which attempt to summarise key developments in the UK labour market to a non-academic audience.

Appointed: 1 April 2016 Term ends: March 2020

Register of interest are disclosed here.


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Previous roles in government

  1. Member of the Migration Advisory Committee

    • 2007 to 2016