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Carol Propper

Carol Propper

Research Fellow


PhD in Economics, University of York, 1988

PhD courses, University of Toronto, 1982-3

MSc in Social Research and Social Policy, Oxford University, 1981

BSc (Hons) Economics and Economic History University of Bristol, 1977



Carol is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Management and Imperial College Business School, London. She joined the Business School as Professor of Economics in 2007 and was Head of the Healthcare Management group from 2007-2010. More recently she has held an ESRC Professorial Fellowship in the School since 2012. She is currently the Associate Dean for Faculty and Research in Imperial College Business School.


Before coming to Imperial, she held appointments at the University of Bristol (where she was a cofounder and director of the Centre for Market and Public Organisation); at the LSE (where she was Co-Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion 1997-2007); as Chair of the ESRC research grants board 2005-2009 and member of the ESRC Council 2005-9; as Advisor to the Chief Executive of the NHS 1993-4; as a member of the Royal Economic Society Council 2001-5 and as a member of the Council of the Royal Economic Society. She is a research fellow of CEPR, Europe’s network of leading economists, and a Research Fellow of the Institute of Fiscal Studies.


Carol was awarded a CBE for her services to social science in 2010 and elected as a fellow of the British Academy in 2014 (one of only two FBAs at Imperial College).


Her research interests are the impact of incentives on the quality and productivity of healthcare, the impact of environmental factors on health, and the effect of market incentives on the production of public service. She has published was awarded the Arrow Award for the best paper worldwide in the field of health economics in 2011 and the American Economic Association 2016 prize for the best paper published in the American Economic Journal: Policy.



Academic outputs

Reports and comment

Briefing note
In this briefing note, we use administrative hospital data from across the NHS in England to describe how the use of inpatient (elective and emergency) and outpatient hospital care in 2020 compared with that in the previous year.
Briefing note
The coronavirus pandemic will have huge impacts on the National Health Service (NHS). Patients suffering from the illness are placing unprecedented demands on acute care, particularly on intensive care units (ICUs). This has led to an effort to dramatically increase the resources available to NHS ...