Dr Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan


Lay Dean




The political economy of vocational education and apprenticeship training. Imperfect competition and price formation in training markets. Discontent and collective action in long-duration work-based training: apprentices and graduate student employees in Britain, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. Collective bargaining, pay structure and training in post-war metalworking in Britain and Germany.



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Current research projects

Trainee discontent and collective action in work-based learning:apprentices and doctoral students, Leverhulme Trust, 2011-13.

Recent publications and papers

2013 ‘Monopsony power, pay structure and training’ (with S. Muehlemann and S. C. Wolter), Industrial and Labour Relations Review, Oct; 66(5),1095-1112.
2013 ‘Apprentice pay in Britain, Germany, and Switzerland: institutions, market forces and market power’ (with U. Backes-Gellner, S. Teuber and K. Wagner), European Journal of Industrial Relations, Sept; 19(3), 201-20.
2012 ‘Improving the transition between education/training and the labour market: what works in different national contexts?’ (with M. Piopunik), Report to European Commission, European Expert Network on Economics of Education, IFO, University of Munich (http://www.eenee.de/portal/page/portal/EENEEView/_generische_page_eenee?...).
2011 'Apprenticeship: between theory and practice, school and workplace', pp. 403-32 of M. Pilz (ed.), The Future of VET in a Changing World (Wiesbaden: Springer VS); Working Paper no. 64, Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education, University of Zurich (http://ideas.repec.org/p/iso/educat/0064.html).
2011 Financial Attributes of Apprenticeship Training in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland, (with K. Wagner, S. Teuber and U. Backes-Gellner), Arbeitspapier 241, Hans Böckler Stiftung, Dusseldorf.
2010 Corporate ownership and initial training in Britain, Germany and Switzerland (with K. Wagner, S. Teuber and U. Backes-Gellner), Research Paper 99, SKOPE, Oxford (www.skope.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/RP99 final.pdf).
2010 ‘Apprenticeship’ (with S. C. Wolter), pp. 521-76 in R. Hanushek, S. Machin and L. Wössmann (eds), Handbook of the Economics of Education, Vol. 3. Amsterdam: Elsevier North-Holland.
2010 'Training markets', pp. 496-502 in P. Peterson, E. Baker, and B. McGaw (eds), International Encyclopedia of Education, vol. 8, Oxford: Elsevier.
2010 'Apprentice strikes, pay structure, and training in twentieth century UK metalworking industry', pp. 317-53 in C. Brown, B. Eichengreen, and M. Reich (eds), Labour in the Era of Globalization, Cambridge: CUP.
2009 'The role of external inspection in the public services: the case of the UK training market' (with P. Lewis), Public Administration, 87(4), 791-817.
2009 'Does external inspection under-rate Apprenticeship training by employers? Evidence from England', (with P. Lewis), Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training, 1(1), 39-63.
2009 'Youth outcomes in the labour markets of advanced economies: decline, deterioration and causes' (with R. Christopoulou), pp. 67-94, in I. Schoon and R. Silberstein (eds), Transitions from School to Work: Globalization, Individualization, and Patterns of Diversity, CUP.
2007 'Large employers and apprenticeship training in Britain' (with H. Gospel and P. Lewis), British Journal of Industrial Relations, March; 45(1), 127-53.