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Academic Background

My research interests are in the economic, health and social policy implications of individual and population ageing with a particular focus on financial provision for later life and provision for long-term care needs.

Career Summary

My academic career builds on 10 years as a government economist in the (then) Department of Health and Social Security and a period in economic consultancy. 

Academic career history:

April 1996 – Sep. 1998   Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London

Oct 1998 – May 2004   Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director, then Director and from April 2003, Professor of Economic and Social Gerontology, Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit, Dept of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

June 2004 – Dec 2007   Professor of non-clinical Gerontology, Dept of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex (from April 2005 this included being Director of the East of England Research Design and Support Unit)

Jan 2008 – date   Professor of the Economics of Health and Welfare, Health Economics Group, Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia

Further details can be found on the Health Economics Group website

 

Administrative Posts

  • Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (until 30 November 2013)

External Activities

  • Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute (2001 onwards)
  • Member of the Advisory Group for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (2006 onwards)
  • Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee (2003, 2004, 2006, 2009)
  • Member of Academic Panel for Dilnot Commission on Funding Care and Support (2010-2011)
  • Member of Department of Health advisory group for the Economics of Social and Health Care Research Unit (2012 onwards)
  • Scientific Adviser ESRC extending working lives project "Well-being, health, retirement and the life course (WHERL) (2014 onwards) http://wherl.ac.uk/

Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research interests are in the economic, health and social policy implications of individual and population ageing with a particular focus on financial provision for later life and provision for long-term care needs. These interests are pursued mainly through the analysis of large-scale household survey data and the use of micro simulation techniques to model policy reform options. I have developed and maintain a dynamic microsimulation model of long-term care.

Further details can be found on the Health Economics Group website

Highlighted Publications

Morciano, M., Hancock, R. and Pudney S (2014) ‘Disability costs and equivalence scales in the older population’ Review of Income and Wealth DOI:
10.1111/roiw.12108


Hancock, R. and Pudney S. (2014) ‘The distributional implications of reforms to disability benefits for older people in the UK’ Ageing and Society 34(2) 232-257


Hancock R., Malley J., Wittenberg R., Morciano M, Pickard L., King D and Comas-Herrera A. (2013) The role of care home fees in the public costs and distributional effects of potential reforms to care home funding for older people in England. Health Economics Policy and Law 8(1) 47-73

Hancock R., Morciano M. and Pudney S. (2012) ‘Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance claimants in the older population: is there a difference in their economic circumstances?’ Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 20 (2), 191-206

Zantomio, F., Pudney, S. and Hancock R. (2010) Estimating the impact of a policy reform on benefit take-up: the 2001 extension to the Minimum Income Guarantee for pensioners Economica 77, 234–254

Berthoud R., Blekesaune M. and Hancock R. (2009) Ageing, income and living standards: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey. Ageing and Society. 29 (7), 1105-1122.

Research Keywords

Economics of ageing
Long-term care financing
Microsimulation
Disability benefits for older people

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision

Economics of ageing
Long-term care financing
Microsimulation
Disability benefits for older people

Enterprise and Engagement Activities

Commissioned by the Dilnot Commission on Funding Care and Support to provide estimates of the cost of potential reforms to the system of funding long-term care for older people (2011)

Teaching Interests

I am Course Director for the MSc in Health Economics
 
MSc Health Economics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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