Luke Munford is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics at the University of Manchester, UK. His research predominantly focusses on applying econometric and statistical methods to secondary datasets to investigate the causes and consequences of (ill-) health. He is particularly interested in the relationships between ‘health’ and ‘wealth’ and whether the inequalities experienced by people and places in these outcomes are related. Luke co-leads the “Health in a wider context” research theme within the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research. He has published on topics including: regional inequalities in health and economic productivity within England; the relationships between social participation, loneliness, and health; commuting behaviours and health and well-being; political ideology and health and well-being; and the responses of family doctors in England and financial incentives. He has given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees and various MPs and members of the UK House of Lords on the role of health in improving economic outcomes, particularly productivity and inequalities therein.
Research project: The effect of health on productivity at small-area level in England