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Peter Wilson

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PhD Candidate & Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant

I started my PhD in PAIS in October 2019. I previously completed an MSc in Political Theory and a BSc in Politics and Philosophy at the London School of Economics (LSE).

In 2022, I was also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Law at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, under the supervision of Serena Olsaretti.


My current research focuses on labour market regulation and economic justice, investigating normative questions which lie at the intersection of politics, philosophy and economics.

My PhD research explores how labour market policymakers should respond to involuntary unemployment. In particular, I am investigating:

(1) Whether states can justify policies to create employment and the policies they ought to pursue.

(2) The possible trade-offs associated with attempts to reduce unemployment (e.g. risk of increasing inflation) and how to weigh up these trade-offs.

(3) How policymakers should respond to unemployment in the context of the future of work, particularly in light of the variety of effects technological change (e.g. automation) will have on the labour market.

My supervisors are Simon Caney and Tom Parr.

Other research interests include economic and social inequality, tax policy, monetary policy, education and skills policy, worker participation in firm governance, and the state regulation of marriage.


I was a Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant on the module Political Theory from Hobbes (PO201) from 2020-2022.