Dr Alexander Turner

Presidential Fellow (Research)

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Alex is a Research Fellow in Health Economics. His research primarily focuses on the development and application of econometric techniques to evaluate changes to the organisation and financing of healthcare. This includes large scale evaluations of hospital financial incentive schemes, the devolution of health and socal care powers to Greater Manchester (GM Devo), and interventions to improve social and emotional well-being in childhood.

Alex's research also examines the determinants of health and healthcare. His PhD examined the causes and consequences of non-cognitive skills in childhood, with a particular focus on the effects of in-utero exposure to disease.

Alex's current research projects include:

  • Devolving health and social care: Learning from Greater Manchester
  • The effects price changes in drugs and medical services: Evidence from district hospitals in Beijing
  • Development of a Greater Manchester Population Research Resource
  • The causal effects of pre-natal under-nutrition on the use of healthcare in early life: Evidence from Ramadan exposure.
  • Obesity and labour market outcomes: a Mendelian randomisation study.

 In October 2019, Alex will start a 3-year Presidential Fellowship at the University of Manchester titled "Development of specialist skills to evaluate organisational and service delivery interventions". The fellowship will develop and test new econometric techniques for the evaluation reform implemented via staged roll-out, and apply these techniques to examine the effects of a financial incentive scheme targeting reductions in smoking during pregnancy.


Alex completed his BSc in Economics at the University of Manchester in 2011, achieving a first. He then completed an MSc in Economics & Econometrics at the University of Manchester in 2012, acheiving a distinction.

Alex joined the Manchester Centre for Health Economics as a Research Associate in 2013. 

In October 2013, Alex was awarded PhD funding as a President's Doctoral Scholar to research the causes and consequences of social and emotional well-being in childhood. His thesis was submitted in September 2016 and his PhD awarded in December 2016 with no corrections.

In September 2016, Alex was recruited as a Research Fellow in Health Economics. 

Academic acheivements

  • University of Manchester PhD Graduation Prize: awarded for passing viva with no corrections.
  • Royal Economics Society (RES) Travel, Conference, and Accomodation Award: for a PhD student with a paper awarded a presentation. 
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Award
  • Jon Stewart Prize for Econometrics: for attaining the highest econometrics average in the graduating MSc Economics cohort.
  • University of Manchester Outstanding Academic Achievement Award: for placing in the top 0.5% of the graduating undergraduate University of Manchester cohort.
  • Manchester School Award: for placing in the top three of the graduating undergraduate Economics cohort.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, An economic analysis of the causes and consequences of social and emotional well-being in childhood, The University of Manchester (2013 - 2016)
  • 2012 - Master of Economics, MSc Economics & Econometrics (Distinction), The University of Manchester (2011 - 2012)
  • 2011 - Bachelor of Economics, BSc Economics (First), The University of Manchester (2008 - 2011)

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