Welcome to my Homepage


I am a Professor of Economics at the University of Essex, UK.

I am also a co-editor of Labour Economics, The Official Journal of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE).

I am affiliated to IZA as a research fellow, to CESifo as a fellow, to CEPR as a research affiliate and to ISER as a research associate. I am also a member of the Search and Matching Research Group (SAM) .

My research focuses on understanding the effects of human capital, worker mobility and occupational switching on unemployment and wage inequality over the business cycle and in the long-run. More recently I have been investigating firm dynamics and firms' recruitment policies with the aim of understanding their effects on unemployment and its duration distribution over the business cycle. I use search and matching theory and quantitative methods as primary tools to study these effects. Here you will find copies of my papers and lecture notes as well as details of the workshops and conferences I organise.

Grants

2020-2022: I am the principle investigator of the project "The impact of COVID -19 on unemployment and earnings inequality" funded by the ESRC as part of the UK Research and Innovation’s rapid response to Covid-19.

2020-2022: I am an external researcher in the BBVA Foundation-funded project "Evaluating policies in Spain during the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath: The role of DSGE models with heterogeneous agents and sectors". For more information visit the Foundation website.

2011 - 2015: I was a co-investigator in the ESRC-funded project "Understanding the impact of recession on labour market behaviour in Britain". For more information about the project visit it's website.

Announcements

The Departments of Economics of the University of Essex, the Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Bristol have joined forces and are running a search and matching webinar. The seminar series is jointly organised by Alex Clymo, Manolis Galenianos, Alireza Sepahsalari and myself. You can find the details of past and upcoming seminars here.

In addition to the Essex/RHUL/Bristol webinar we jointly organised the first Junior SaM on 27th and 28th May, 2021. The aim of this workshops is to bring together young researcher with up 2 years post-PhD working on SaM topics to present their work and benefit from feedback from more senior researchers. You can find more details here. The workshop was a success and it will be become a regular feature in the years to come.

Leo Kaas (Goethe University Frankfurt) and I have put together a special issue on Vacancies for Labour Economics, The Official Journal of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). Stay tuned for its release.

Abi Adams (University of Oxford) and I are putting together a special issue on COVID-19 for Labour Economics, The Official Journal of the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE). Stay tuned for its release.

Contact

cocarr (at) essex.ac.uk

Department of Economics, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom