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Nick Drydakis - Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge, , GB

Nick Drydakis

Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE) | Anglia Ruskin University


Nick is spokesperson at the IZA World of Labor for areas such as inequality, poverty & discrimination.



Nick is the founding Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE). He is spokesperson at the IZA World of Labor for a series of areas such as inequality, poverty and discrimination. In addition, he is Cluster Leader of the Global Labor Organization. Nick has developed and offered credit eligible courses which have been delivered to economics students from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Yale University.

Nick has published in international journals such as: Labour Economics, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Journal of Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Review of Economics of the Household, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Human Relations, European Journal of Health Economics, Economics Letters.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Labour Markets

Economics of Inequality

Labour Economics

Population Economics

Economic Crises

Education (3)

University of Crete: Ph.D., Economics

Athens University of Economics and Business: M.Sc., Economics

University of Crete: B.Sc., Economics

Affiliations (7)

  • Research Fellow, Institute for Labor Economics (Germany)
  • Spokesperson, IZA World of Labor (Germany)
  • Fellow and Cluster Leader, Global Labor Organisation (Germany)
  • Academic Expert, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Section Editor, Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics (Springer)
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Manpower (Emerald)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK)

Media Appearances (5)

Recessions aren't always bad for a nation's health

The Telegraph  online


Greece suffered an economic collapse greater than any other in modern history during the eurozone debt crisis. GDP plunged by one third, unemployment soared close to 30pc and harsh austerity measures were imposed to stop the public debt spiral.

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How a healthy sex life can earn you more money

Big Think  online


A 2013 paper written by Nick Drydakis, professor at the School of Economics, Finance, and Law at Anglia Ruskin University (UK), suggested a link between more frequent sex and higher income rates. The initial hypothesis of this study was that the medical, psychological, and physical positive effects of sexual activity (good health, endurance, mental well-being, etc.) could influence wage factors in working adults.

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Family support reduces chance of school and workplace bullying

Science Daily  online


Nick Drydakis, Professor in Economics at ARU, said: "If an LGB child has received support from their parents which has positively impacted on their self-esteem and self-worth, this pattern might have influence how adult LGB people prevent, avoid or deal with victimisation. "Parents who have supported their children during difficult times might have taught them the appropriate attitudes and approaches to address homophobia as well as its adverse effects.

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Bullying 'follows' LGB people from school to work

Phys.Org  online


Author Dr. Nick Drydakis, of Anglia Ruskin University, said: "This study suggests that bullying may be a chronic problem for LGB individuals, which continues from school to the workplace.

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Study: More Frequent Sex Means Higher Earnings

CBS New York  online


The study was published in July by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany. Author Nick Drydakis, an economics lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England, concluded that people between the ages of 26 and 50 who have sex four times a week or more earn 5 percent more than those that do not.

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Articles (5)

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Labour Market Outcomes: New Patterns and Insights

International Journal of Manpower

2020 The paper initiates a research agenda to study new developments of the effects of sexual orientation and gender identity on the labour market performance of individuals.

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Workplace positive actions, trans people’s self-esteem and human resources’ evaluations

International Journal of Manpower

2019 The purpose of this paper is to provide empirical patterns regarding trans people’s self-esteem-oriented evaluations during observations of positive workplace actions. The case of a 2015 UK workplace guide is utilized to fulfil the aims. The guide provides suggestions to employers for recruiting and retaining trans people.

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Family support, school-age and workplace bullying for LGB people

International Journal of Manpower

2019 The purpose of this paper is to examine associations between: family support during the school-age period, and school-age bullying (short-term associations); and family support during the school-age period and workplace bullying (long-term associations) for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adults in Britain.

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Sexual orientation and labor market outcomes

IZA World of Labor

2019 Studies from countries with laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation suggest that gay and lesbian employees report more incidents of harassment and are more likely to report experiencing unfair treatment in the labor market than are heterosexual employees.

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School‐Age Bullying, Workplace Bullying and Job Satisfaction: Experiences of LGB People in Britain

The Manchester School

2019 Using a data set that contains information on retrospective school‐age bullying, as well as on workplace bullying in the respondents’ present job, the outcomes of this study suggest that bullying, when it is experienced by sexual orientation minorities tends to persist over time.

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