Dr Michael White

Michael White joined PSI in 1979 after working in industry and management research and teaching. In 1986 he founded the Employment Studies Group and was its Head until 1994.

His studies have included three national surveys of unemployment, and many evaluations of government labour market programmes, including the Restart Cohort Study, and the Macro evaluation of New Deal for Young People. He took part in the ESRC's Social Change and Economic Life Initiative (1986-91), was co-director of the Employment in Britain survey (1992), and was involved in the ESRC's "Future of Work" programme, leading the Working in Britain in the Year 2000 survey. He has also carried out several projects on lone mothers, employment and childcare issues and has a particular interest in working time and work-life balance.

He served on the Social Statistics Committee of the Royal Statistical Society 1998-2002, and on the Editorial Board of Work, Employment and Society 2006-2008.

In 2005 he was awarded an OBE for services to labour market policy.


B.A. Psychology with Statistics, University of London
PhD in Organizational Behaviour, University of Lancaster

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The 1990s: sectoral rebalancing, mobility and adaptation - the employment, self-employment and training policy lessons for the current UK recession

Evaluation of Lone Parents Work Focused Interviews extensions


Training and employee mobility in the British private and public sectors

Not so dissatisfied after all? The impact of union coverage on job satisfaction

Older British employees’ declining attitudes over 20 years and across classes

The Growing Discontents of Older British Employees: Extended Working Life at Risk from Quality of Working Life

The Progress of HRM in the Public Sector

Work Orientations of Older Employees

Organizational Commitment: Do Workplace Practices Matter?

Market, Class, and Employment

Unions, Within-Workplace Job Cuts and Job Security Guarantees

Unions, Job Reductions and Job Security Guarantees: The Experience of British Employees

Careers in Britain: Recovering a Future

John Killeen Commemorative Lecture 2004: In Pursuit of a Culture of Evaluation

Cooperative unionism and employee welfare

Effective Job Search Practice in the UK's Mandatory Welfare-to-Work Programme for Youth

Evaluation of Adult Basic Skills Pathfinder Activities

Evaluation of Adult Basic Skills Pathfinder Activities

Evaluation of lone parent adviser meetings

Ways in and out of low income in rural England

'High-performance' Management Practices, Working Hours and Work-Life Balance

The effect of careers guidance for employed adults on continuing education

Benchmarking the effectiveness of NDYP

New Deal for Young People: National Survey of Participants: Stage 2

The Responsiveness of House Prices to Macroeconomic Forces

Macro-economic evaluation of Newdeal for Young People Job Search impacts

Youth Unemployment, Labour Market Programmes and Health

New Deal for Young People: national survey of participants stage 1

New Deal for Young People

The Employment of Lone Mothers in Denmark and Great Britain

The Impact of Careers Guidance on Employed Adult People

Lone Mothers' Poverty and Employment

Longitudinal Data for Policy Analysis

The Impact of Careers Guidance for Employed Adults in Continuing Education

Performance, Equality and Staff Development

A Review of US and European Literature on the Microeconomic Effects of Labour Market Programmes for Young People

Restructuring the Employment Relationship

Are active labour market policies enough?

Pathways through Unemployment

Leaving Incapacity Benefit

The Impact of Public Job Placing Programmes

Rents and Work Incentives

From Unemployment to Self-employment

Moving In and Out of Self-Employment

Risk and the Labour Market

Findings from the Macro Evaluation of the New Deal for Young People

Unemployment and Public Policy in a Changing Labour Market

Employer Policies and Individual Life Chances

Job Search Effort and Motivation in Unemployment

The causes of persistently high unemployment

Unemployment, Public Policy and the Changing Labour Market

Employee Commitment and the Skills Revolution

Economic Value of Careers Guidance

The Restart Effect

Corporate Support for Higher Education

Against Unemployment

Small Firms' Innovation

Long-term unemployment and labour markets