Dr Michael A Nolan

Senior Lecturer in Economics and Programme Director, BSc Economics (Certificate Stage)

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


+44 (0) 1482 463065

Dr Michael Nolan was appointed Lecturer in Economics at the University of Hull in February 2002, before being promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2006. He has been on an 80% contract since August 2012.

He was previously Lecturer in Economics at the University of St Andrews from September 1995 to February 2002.

Prior to that, he fulfilled several roles at the University of Hull, lecturer 1994/95, tutor 1990-94, and research assistant 1989-90.

Dr Nolan read for a BSc(Econ) in Economics and Econometrics in his home city of Hull, achieving first class honours.



Research Interests

  • Labour economics
  • Applied microeconometrics
  • Absenteeism from the workplace
  • Duration modelling of labour market states
  • The economics of earnings, employment and self-employment

Research groups

Much of Dr Nolan's academic research has involved collaboration with Professor Felix FitzRoy, who is now Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of St Andrews.



Felix R. FitzRoy and Michael A. Nolan: ‘Welfare Policies, Relative Income and Majority Choice’, The Manchester School, 84(1), January 2016, pp. 81-94. DOI 10.1111/manc.12083.

Felix R. FitzRoy, Michael A. Nolan, Max F. Steinhardt and David Ulph: ‘Testing the tunnel effect: comparison, age and happiness UK and German panels’, IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, 3:24 (30 December 2014), 30 pages, DOI 10.1186/2193-9012-3-24.

Michael A. Nolan, Michael Reynolds and Stephen Trotter: ‘Does the local economic performance league table lie? Concentric banding and the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010’, Local Economy, 27(4), June 2012, pp. 403-418. DOI 10.1177/0269094212437834.

Andrew E. Burke, Michael A. Nolan and Felix R. FitzRoy: ‘Is there a North-South divide in self-employment in England?’, Regional Studies, 43(4), May 2009, pp. 529-544, ISSN 0034-3404/ 1360-0591.

Andrew E. Burke, Michael A. Nolan and Felix R. FitzRoy: ‘What makes a die-hard entrepreneur? Beyond the ‘employee or entrepreneur’ dichotomy’, Small Business Economics, 31(2), August 2008, pp. 93-115. ISSN 0921-898X.

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Modules list

  • Labour Economics (Level 6)
  • Introduction to Econometrics (Level 5)
  • Applications for Contemporary Business Economics (Level 4)
  • Principles of Economics 1 (Level 4) [Two tutorial groups only]

Research PhDs

Dr Nolan is willing to consider supervising research students in labour economics and applied microeconometrics, especially on topics in the fields of absenteeism from the workplace, duration modelling of labour market states, and the economics of earnings, employment and self-employment.

Completed PhDs

  • Shereen Nosier, Estimating the international tourism demand for Egypt (external examiner, Professor Sam Cameron, University of Bradford)
  • Roland Getor, Improving local labour market performance in the UK (external examiner, Dr John Sutherland, visiting researcher at University of Strathclyde)

Current PhD supervisions

  • Tahani Bagazi (initially joint supervisor with Dr Zheng Wang, then with Dr Gabriele Amorosi)
  • Fiona-Elizabeth Cox (jointly supervised with Professor Jon Atkins and Dr Steve Trotter)


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017 (DARTE route)
  • Higher Education Teaching Certificate, University of Hull, 1995

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • DPhil (York)
  • BSc(Econ) (Hull)

External roles

  • PhD External Examiner (viva voce 27th April 2007) – Wen-Shai Hung, University of Durham (internal examiner, Professor John Ashworth)
  • External Examiner for Undergraduate Programmes in Economics, Newcastle University, since 2015

Awards and accolades

  • ESRC studentship for doctoral studies at the University of York - leading to my thesis, Multiple-spell absences under an experience-rated sickpay scheme, supervised by Chris Orme
  • Nuffield Foundation Social Science Small Grants scheme award of £6073 in December 2002 (with Professor Felix R. FitzRoy, University of St Andrews) to study 'Inactivity, sickness and unemployment in GB: what Local Authority data reveal'

Professional highlights

As a result of work undertaken with Dr M.J. Ryan (2003), the Most Similar Force (MSF) benchmark groupings of some of the police forces of England and Wales were amended from the original Home Office plan. For example, Humberside Police’s MSF grouping had Kent and Derbyshire deleted from it.