Dr. Alan Piper


Dr Alan Piper has over twenty years of experience as an academic economist. Before joining Leeds University Business School in January 2022, he had worked at Staffordshire University, the Europa-Universität Flensburg (Germany), Universität-Bonn and, more recently, the Paris School of Economics. Since September 2018 he has been a guest researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin where he remains active. His main research interest centres upon human well-being, particularly within the economics of life satisfaction area. 


Journal articles:

"The role of gender inequality in the overeducation and life satisfaction relationship: an empirical analysis using panel data from Korea" (forthcoming, with Amina Ahmed-Lahsen and Ida-Anna Thiele), Education Economics.

“Happiness and Age – Resolving the Debate” (forthcoming, with David Blanchflower and Carol Graham), National Institute Economic Review.

“Sleep Quality and the evolution of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from five European Countries” (forthcoming, with Samira Jabakhanji, Anthony Lepinteur, Giorgia Menta and Claus Voegle), PLOS One.

“Gender, Loneliness and Happiness during COVID-19” (2022, with Anthony Lepinteur, Andrew Clark, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Carsten Schröder, and Conchita D’Ambrosio), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

“Is pain associated with subsequent job loss? A Panel Study for Germany” (2022, with David Blanchflower and Alex Bryson), Kyklos.

“There is a mid-life low in well-being in Germany” (2022, with David Blanchflower), Economics Letters.

“Optimism, pessimism and life satisfaction: an empirical investigation” (2022), International Review of Economics.

“What does dynamic panel analysis tell us about life satisfaction?” (2022), Review of Income and Wealth, available online.

“Temps dip deeper: Temporary employment and the nadir in human well-being” (2021), The Journal of the Economics of the Ageing, 19, available online.

“Property rights and intellectual property protection, GDP and individual well-being in Latin America(2019, with Amina Ahmed Lahsen), Latin American Economic Review, 28(12), pp. 1-21.

“Different strokes for different folks: Entrepreneurs' job satisfaction and the intersection of gender and migration background” (2019, with Teita Bijedic), International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 11(3), pp. 227-247.

 “An Investigation into the reported closing of the Nicaraguan gender gap” (2019), Social Indicators Research, 144(3), pp. 1391-1413. 

“Satisfactions comparisons: women with families, full-time and part-time self-employed” (2017, with Ilona Ebbers), International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 9(2), pp. 171-187.

 “Sleep duration and life satisfaction” (2016), International Review of Economics, 63(4), pp. 305-325.

 “Issues in the estimation of dynamic happiness models: A comment on ‘does childhood predict adult life satisfaction?’” (2016, with Geoff Pugh), Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 10, pp. 1-6.

“Sliding down the U-shape? A dynamic panel investigation of the age-well-being relationship, focusing on young adults” (2015), Social Science & Medicine, 143, pp. 54-61.

“Europe’s capital cities and the happiness penalty: an investigation using the European Social Survey” (2015) Social Indicators Research, 123(1), pp. 103-126.

“Heaven knows I’m miserable now: overeducation and reduced life satisfaction” (2015) Education Economics, 23(6), pp. 677-692.


Book chapters, and non peer reviewed work:

“Well-being over the work life” (2022, with Anthony Lepinteur). In: Zimmermann KF (eds.) Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics. Springer

 “Gender (in-)equality and the life course” (2019, with Gerd Grözinger), Wirtschaftsdienst, 99(4), pp. 272-277.

 “Existenzgründung von Frauen im Care-Bereich – Effekte von Arbeitszeit, Arbeitsform und Einkommen auf Arbeits- und Lebenszufriedenheit“ (2018, with Ilona Ebbers and Kirsten Mikkelsen), in:  Mario Pfannstiel, Patrick Da-Cruz, Christoph Rasche (eds.), Entrepreneurship im Gesundheitswesen, I, pp. 201-220.

 “Fear of the Future” (2016), in: Leo Bormans (ed.), The World Book of Hope: The Source of Happiness, Success and Strength, pp. 311-313.