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Neil Rickman

Professor of Economics



BA (Hons) Economics, University of DurhamPhD Economics, McGill UniversityResearch Affiliate CEPR

Neil Rickman 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. He is a CEPR (Public Policy) Research Affiliate and became Chair of the Royal Economic Society's Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE) in January 2007. Neil is also a member of the Government Economic Service Professional Development Board.

Neil has published in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics, Economica, Oxford Economic Papers, the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Fiscal Studies, the British Medical Journal, the International Review of Law and Economics, the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, the Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance and the European Journal of Law and Economics. He has also written numerous book chapters and research reports.

Research interests

Neil's research interests are in bargaining theory, principal-agent theory and the theory of regulation. He is particularly interested in applying these tools to the regulation of legal and health services. He has worked on NHS contracts, medical negligence, legal aid reform, contingent fees for legal services, legal expenses insurance, litigation, regulation of prices and investment and telecommunications market structure. He had advised the Department of Constitutional Affairs, the Legal Services Commission, the Law Society, the Civil Justice Council and the Department of Health on matters relating to legal policy and medical negligence. He has also advised Ofcom on radio spectrum regulation. His work for the Civil Justice Council in 2003 (with Paul Fenn, University of Nottingham) helped establish the current regime of fixed fees for road traffic accident litigation in England and Wales. Neil was a member of the Civil Justice Council's sub-committee on Court Fees (2000-2002) and the Advisory Panel for Sir David Clementi's Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services in England and Wales (2004) and was invited to give advice to Lord Woolf's Review of Civil Procedure in England and Wales (1995). Neil has recently joined the Editorial Board of the International Review of Law and Economics.


  • ECO 3033 Industrial Organisation (Autumn and Spring semesters)
  • ECO 1011 Principles of Economics (Micro), with R. Witt

Departmental duties

Research Director

Faculty Research Committee Representative

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Phone: +44 (0)1483 684380 / 688914 / 684378
Out-of-hours: +44 (0)7773 479911
Senate House, University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

My publications


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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.