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Professor David Metcalf

Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations


David Metcalf is Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations in the Department of Management and Associate in the Labour Markets Programme of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). Previously, he has been a visiting Professor at Princeton University and the Australian National University. He has worked extensively on the economic impact of unions and on pay systems and structures.

Professor Metcalf is Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee, a Director of the Starting Price Regulatory Commission and a member of the Senior Salaries Review Body. Previously, he was a founding member of both the Low Pay Commission, which sets the national minimum wage, and the Union Modernisation Fund, a Government grant scheme providing financial assistance to independent trade unions and their federations. He owns a leg of a national hunt horse and is a Jockey Club Steward at Kempton Park and Plumpton. In 2008 he received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) award for public service from Her Majesty the Queen.

Research interests

  • Trade Unions
  • Industrial Conflict
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Pay, including Low Pay, Minimum Wage and Performance-Related Pay.

Recent publications

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