Neil Rickman

Professor Neil Rickman

Professor of Economics
BA (Durham), PhD (McGill)
+44 (0)1483 686960
Mondays, 16.00-18.00


Neil graduated from the University of Durham (BA (Hons) Econ) in 1988, before moving to McGill University (Montreal) to read for a PhD in Economics, which was completed in 1995. From 1991 to 1995 he was a Research Officer in Economics at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Oxford, and a lecturer in Economics at Pembroke College, Oxford. He moved to Surrey in 1995, and became Professor of Economics in 2004 (serving as Head of Department from 2004-2009).  Neil was a Visiting Professor at the Research Institute of Law and Economics (Erasmus University, Rotterdam) from 2011-2015.  Between 2007-2018, Neil was an Executive Committee member of the Royal Economic Society, serving as Chair of the Society's Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE) from 2007-2012 and as Conference Secretary from 2012-2018. He is currently a member of the Economics and Econometrics sub-panel for REF 2020 (for both the Criteria and Assessment phases of the exercise) and an Associate Editor of the International Review of Law and Economics.


Research interests



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Current Publications

  • "Favouritism and financial incentives", (with R. Witt), Economica, Vol. 75(298), 296-309, 2008.
  • "Why are some care homes better than others? An empirical study of the factors associated with quality of care for older people in residential homes in Surrey, England." (with Bryan, K., Gage, H., Evans, J., Knibb, W. & P. Williams), Health and Social Care in the Community, Vol. 17(6), 599-609, 2009.
  • "Liability, risk pooling and health care quality" (with P. Fenn, A. Gray, D. Vencappa, O. Rivero & E. Lotti), Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 20, i225-i242, 2010.
  • "Fixed recoverable costs: A case study in policy and empirical legal studies" (with P. Fenn), Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Forthcoming.
  • "Personal injury litigation" (with P. Fenn), in Ch. 10 in Oxford Handbook of Empirical Legal Studies, (P. Cane and H. Kritzer, eds), Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • "The empirical analysis of financial incentives in litigation" (with P. Fenn), Ch. 7 in New Trends in Financing Civil Litigation in Europe: A Legal, Empirical, and Economic Analysis, (M. Tuil and L.Visscher, eds.), Edward Elgar, 2010.