Office location 4·12 Business School, Manchester Campus
Office hours Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 mid-day during the term
Who am I?
Who am I?
Dr Kevin Albertson is an eclectic economist with a background in statistics and economics, but now he has escaped (to some extent) from the numerical world of Econometrics into the applied worlds of: Behavioural Economics; Economics and Crime – he is co-author of the critically acclaimed text book ‘Crime and Economics: An Introduction’ –; and the analysis of government policy.
Kevin’s research interests range from business and social forecasting, through: the frontiers of computing; who is really to blame for the €-zone crisis; social innovation; crime; and the application of classical and behavioural economics to socio-political issues. He is a co-founder and author on the departmental blog ‘Eomics’ (Economics without the con) where has fulminated at short-length on current social challenges.
Kevin’s long-term goal is to determine (in theory) and consume (in practice) the utility maximising level of chocolate; he says his favourite function is the Keynesian consumption function and his favourite colour is coffee.
Words of wisdom
A trouble shared is a trouble halved; a joy shared is a joy doubled.
Academic and professional qualifications
BSc MCom PhD FRSA
Other academic service (administration and management)
Faculty Deputy Head – Research Ethics and Governance
Unit Leader – Econometrics: Analysis and Forecasting;
Final year (undergraduate) dissertation supervision
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Economics?
We are all economists – but some of us are more happy than others to admit it perhaps. Ultimately, many, if not most, of the problems we face individually and globally have an economic dimension. Thus, we all use economic logic in our personal everyday decisions, and such an approach can help us to understand how to take more control of our lives.
Economics doesn’t only relate to the personal level of course:
• Microeconomics can explain how businesses and individuals plan and govern their actions; and
• Behavioural economic can explain some of the biases which impact on our decision-making;
• Macroeconomics is the branch of the subject which considers how the sum total of millions of personally rational actions impact on the wellbeing of nations and the globe. In some areas, (pollution is an obvious example) the actions of individuals must be governed with the wellbeing of the system in mind;
• Econometrics is the means by which we can test our economic theories using data.
An economics degree opens the door to understanding, and economics is a highly employable skill as well. Also, it is an enjoyable discipline with which to engage.
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
• Exploration of how financial planners determine investment risk capacity for investors using a grounded theory approach
• A Critical Examination of Young People’s Consumption Through Social Media in an Age of Uncertainty
• Sustainable Development Goals and Foreign Direct Investment Inflow
• Co-creating desistance through personalised engagement and positive relationships
• Detecting Financial Fraud and Crimes in Capital Markets: a Study of Data-driven and Computational Approaches
• Students’ Approaches to Learning Within the Discipline of Accounting
• Marketplace Metacognition and Private-Sector Nudges
I welcome applications from those who are interested in the economic and political economic analysis of social concerns; social policy; business; and politics.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
Current and Recent Projects
Meadows, L., Senior, P. and Albertson K. (2014) Evaluation of Pre-sentence, Post-conviction Victim Offender Conferencing Pilot: Interim Report, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University (commissioned by the Ministry of Justice)
Fox, C, K Albertson, K Williams and M Ellison (2011) The Predicted Costs and Benefits of an Alcohol Treatment Requirement to be delivered by Acorn Treatment and Housing, Stockport: Acorn Housing and Treatment (commissioned by Acorn Housing and Treatment).
Albertson, K, D Ellingworth and C Fox (2010) Break Even Analysis of Intensive Alternatives to Custody Programme, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University (commissioned by the Ministry of Justice).
Fox, C, D Ellingworth and K Albertson (2010) Intensive Alternatives to Custody: Impact feasibility study, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University (commissioned by the Ministry of Justice).
Fox, C, K Albertson, P Williams, A Provan and A Woods, A. (2010) Choose Change: Second Interim report, Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University (commissioned by Greater Manchester Probation Service).
Wickens, A, S Earnshaw, C Fox and K Albertson (2010) The costs, barriers and benefits of involving volunteers from under-represented groups: Final Report, Birmingham: Commission for the Compact (commissioned by The Commission for the Compact).
Fox, C, D Ellingworth and K Albertson (2009) Economic Review of Cheshire Domestic Abuse Family Safety Unit, Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University (commissioned by Cheshire County Council).
Fox, C, G Pollock and K Albertson (2008) An economic evaluation of young carers interventions, Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University (commissioned by The CrossRoads Association).
Aylen J, G Cavan and K Albertson (2007) The best strategy for mitigating moorland wildfire risk: a report to Moors for the Future. Moors for the Future small grant A79419, Publisher, Castleton.
K. Albertson, C. Fox, K. Wong (2013). Justice Reinvestment - thinking outside the cell: Kevin Albertson, Chris Fox and Kevin Wong consider social justice alternatives to imprisonment. Criminal Justice Matters. 94(1), pp.22-23.
R. Grimm, C. Fox, S. Baines, K. Albertson (2013). Social innovation, an answer to contemporary societal challenges? Locating the concept in theory and practice. Innovation. 26(4), pp.436-455.
C. Fox, K. Albertson, K. Wong (2013). Justice Reinvestment and its Potential Contribution to Criminal Justice Reform. Prison Service Journal. 207, pp.34-46.
C. Fox, K. Albertson (2012). Is payment by results the most efficient way to address the challenges faced by the criminal justice sector?. Probation Journal. 59(4), pp.355-373.
B. Puddicombe, D. Corry, C. Fox, K. Albertson (2012). Payment by results: Bill Puddicombe, Dan Corry, Chris Fox and Kevin Albertson debate the merits and disadvantages of payment by results. Criminal Justice Matters. 89(1), pp.46-48.
G. Cavan, JF. Handley, J. Aylen, K. Albertson, J. McMorrow, et al.S. Lindley, D. McEvoy. (2006). Climate change and the visitor economy in the uplands. International Journal of Biodiversity Science and Management. 2(3), pp.170-173.
AA. Sampson, K. Albertson (2000). Near Rationality in a Principal-Agent Framework. Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. 156(2),
K. Albertson, J. Aylen (1999). Forecasting using a periodic transfer function: With an application to the UK price of ferrous scrap. International Journal of Forecasting. 15(4), pp.409-419.
K. Albertson, J. Aylen (1996). Modelling the great lakes freeze: Forecasting and seasonality in the market for ferrous scrap. International Journal of Forecasting. 12(3), pp.345-359.
Chapters in books
T. Konstantinos, S. Miles, K. Albertson (2019). Negotiating Reality Through The Prosumption Of The ‘Unreal’ Self: Young people’s identities in an age of digital risk and economic precarity. E. Colombo, P. Rebughini. In: The Politics of the Present. How young adults are constructing our future. Routledge, pp.32-43.
K. Albertson, KE. Albertson, C. Fox, D. Ellingworth (2013). Economic values and evidence: evaluating criminal justice policy. M. Cowburn, M. Duggan, A. Robinson, P. Senior. In: The Values of Criminology and Community Justice. UK: Policy Press,
J. McMorrow, S. Lindley, J. Aylen, G. Cavan, KV. Albertson, et al.D. Boys. (2009). Moorland Wildfire Risk, Visitors and Climate Change: Patterns, Prevention and Policy. D. Bonn, K. Hubacek, J. Stewart, T. Allott. In: Drivers of Environmental Change in Uplands. Abingdon UK: Routledge, pp.404-431.
S. Baines, C. fox, K. Albertson, C. O'Leary, G. Bailey Social Impact Bonds and two meanings of "Social Investment". London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and RAND Europe, 12/9/2016.
C. Fox, M. Sefton, K. Albertson (2012). Evaluation of Grandmentors: Second Interim Report. MMU, CSV.
C. Fox, K. Albertson, K. Williams, M. Ellison (2011). The Prospective Costs and Benefits of an Alcohol Treatment Requirement. Stockport, United Kingdom: Acorn Housing and Treatment, Acorn Housing and Treatment.
A. Wickens, S. Earnshaw, C. Fox, K. Albertson (2010). The costs, barriers and benefits of involving volunteers from under-represented groups: Final Report. United Kingdom: The Commission for the Compact, The Commission for the Compact.
C. Fox, D. Ellingworth, K. Albertson (2010). Intensive Alternatives to Custody: Impact feasibility study. Sheffield Hallam University, Ministry of Justice.
C. Fox, K. Albertson, P. Williams, A. Provan, A. Woods (2010). Choose Change: Second Interim report. MMU, Greater Manchester Probation Service.
K. Albertson, D. Ellingworth, C. Fox (2010). Break Even Analysis of Intensive Alternatives to Custody Programme. Sheffield Hallam University, Ministry of Justice.
C. Fox, D. Ellingworth, K. Albertson (2009). Economic Review of Cheshire Domestic Abuse Family Safety Unit. Manchester Metropolitan University, Cheshire County Council.
C. Fox, G. Pollock, K. Albertson (2008). An economic evaluation of young carers interventions. MMU, The CrossRoads Association.