Nick Drydakis
Research Fellow

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too h Drydakis Dr Nick Drydakis is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Economics at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU, UK), teaching Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and researching labour and population economics.

Nick collaborates with the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge as an Academic Expert on labour economics, where he provides expert knowledge to Directors from Whitehall, local government and the European Commission.

In addition, Nick collaborates with the OECD (International Migration Division) as an Expert on labour economics.

Furthermore, Nick is Course Convenor and a Lecturer for the courses (i) The Economics of Inequality, Discrimination, Poverty and Exploitation, and (ii) The Economics of Growth and Development. These are held at the International Programmes Department of the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College (UK).

Nick has developed and offered credit eligible courses which have been delivered to Economics students from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Yale University.

Also, Nick is Spokesperson at the IZA World of Labour for a series of areas such as discrimination, inequality, poverty, exploitation, bullying, disability, health, economic crisis, depression, job satisfaction, sexual orientation, transgenderism, universities quality, and ethnic identity.

Nick is the founding Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE) in the Department of Economics and International Business at ARU. The CPE aims to influence economic decision making by examining a wide range of decisions, alternatives and their implications. A particular feature of the CPE is its orientation toward a pluralistic approach; this enhances the understanding of ethical, political, social and trust issues for formulating economic policy.

The CPE focuses on the economics of: competition, discrimination, education, ethics, exploitation, growth, housing markets, innovation, institutional and organisational change, the Internet, law, networks, moral and political philosophy, pluralism, production, and sustainability. ARU and University of Cambridge students are involved in the CPE scholars’ primary research, data collection, software and multivariate analysis and in learning under the supervision of the CPE scholars.

Nick was the founding Director of the Scientific Centre for the Study of Discrimination (SCSD, Athens). Between 2007 and 2017, SCSD developed and implemented a number of questionnaire-based data sets and performed social science research regarding labour and population economics.

The main aim of the SCSD was to evaluate the causes of social inequalities in the European labour market and the possibility that society might remove such inequalities, while exploring the interplay between human capital, health, mental health and social options for action. Undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in the UK, Greece and Cyprus had the opportunity to become involved in Nick’s primary research, data collection, software and multivariate analysis and to learn under Nick’s supervision.

Before joining ARU as a Senior Lecturer in Economics, Nick was a Lecturer in Labour Economics at the University of Patras. Before he joined University of Patras he held Lectureships (Adjunct) at the University of Piraeus, Athens University of Economics and Business, the Panteion University of Social and Political Science, the University of Central Greece, the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, and the University of Patras. Nick has worked as a researcher at the Hellenic Ministry of Defense (Department of Training), and at the University of Crete (BENETec Laboratory).

He received his BSc in Economics from the University of Crete. He received his MSc in Economics from Athens University of Economics and Business. He completed his PhD in Labour Economics at the University of Crete. He completed his PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (at ARU). He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and a Fellow and Cluster Leader of the GLO.

Nick has published articles in widely renowned journals, including: Economics Letters, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Labour Economics, Journal of Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Review of Economics of the Household, Applied Economics, Feminist Economics, Applied Economics Letters, European Journal of Health Economics, Urban Studies, Journal of Industrial Relations, Manchester School, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, International Journal of Manpower, Human Relations, Economics of Education Review.

Nick’s contribution in the 2014 REF was excellent. He is ready to contribute to the 2021 REF exercise with 4 single-author papers, internationally rated as world leading at the 4 ABS level (4444).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2011.

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IZA World of Labor articles: Sexual orientation and labor market outcomes
  The relationship between recessions and health
  Trans people, well-being, and labor market outcomes
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
11179  Nick Drydakis
Katerina Sidiropoulou
Swetketu Patnaik
Sandra Selmanovic
Vasiliki Bozani
Masculine vs Feminine Personality Traits and Women's Employment Outcomes in Britain: A Field Experiment
10981  Nick Drydakis
Measuring Labour Differences between Natives, Non-Natives, and Natives with an Ethnic-Minority Background
(forthcoming in: Economics Letters, 2017)
10957  Nick Drydakis
Peter MacDonald
Vasiliki Bozani
Vangelis Chiotis
Inclusive Recruitment? Hiring Discrimination against Older Workers
(forthcoming in: Arenas, A., Di Marco, D., Munduate, L., Euwema, M.C. (Eds.), Shaping Inclusive Workplaces through Social Dialogue. New York: Springer Publishing)
9826  Nick Drydakis
The Effect of University Attended on Graduates' Labour Market Prospects: A Field Study of Great Britain
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2016, 52, 192 - 208)
9426  Nick Drydakis
Brain Types and Wages
(published online in: Manchester School, 2015, online first)
8742  Nick Drydakis
The Effect of Unemployment on Self-Reported Health and Mental Health in Greece from 2008 to 2013: A Longitudinal Study Before and During the Financial Crisis
(published in: Social Science and Medicine, 2015, 128, 43-51)
8741  Nick Drydakis
Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the United Kingdom's Labour Market: A Field Experiment
(published in: Human Relations, 2015, 68(11), 1769-1796)
8045  Nick Drydakis
Effect of Sexual Orientation on Job Satisfaction: Evidence from Greece
(published in: Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 2015, 54(1), 162-187)
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Nick Drydakis
The Effect of Sexual Activity on Wages
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2015, 36 (2), 192-215)
7432  Nick Drydakis
Bullying at School and Labour Market Outcomes
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2014, 35 (8), 1185-1211)
6684  Nick Drydakis
Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Cypriot Labour Market: Distastes or Uncertainty?
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2014, 35(5), 720–744)
6314  Nick Drydakis
The Effect of Ethnic Identity on the Employment of Immigrants
(published in: Review of Economics of the Household, 2013, 11 (2), 285-308)
6272  Nick Drydakis
Men's Sexual Orientation and Job Satisfaction
(published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2012, 33 (8), 901-917)
6079  Vasiliki Bozani
Nick Drydakis
Studying the NAIRU and its Implications
(published in: Amine S. (Ed) Labor Markets: Dynamics, Trends and Economic Impact, Nova, New York, 2011)
6078  Nick Drydakis
Ethnic Identity and Immigrants' Wages in Greece
(published in: International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 2012, 36 (3), 389 - 402)
5849  Nick Drydakis
Health Impaired Employees' Job Satisfaction: New Evidence from Athens, Greece
(published in: Applied Economics Letters,2012, 19 (8), 789-793 )
5732  Nick Drydakis
Roma Women in Athenian Firms: Do They Face Wage Bias?
(published in: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2012, 35 (12), 2054-2074)