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Mr. Rhys Llewellyn Thomas BSc, MSc

ESRC funded Postgraduate Research Student in Economics

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Rhys Llewellyn Thomas is an ESRC funded Postgraduate Researcher in Economics at the University of Southampton.

I am a postgraduate research student in Economics at the University of Southampton. My PhD thesis focuses on health and public economics. I have extensive training in applied microeconometric methods and my approach to research reflects this.

Prior to starting the PhD program in September 2017 I completed an MSc. in Economics and a BSc. Economics at the University of Southampton. Both my PhD and Master’s degrees are funded through a 1+3 scholarship from the University of Southampton ESRC DTC.

From December 2018 to March 2019 I will be working as a temporary research officer at the Department for Education.


BSc. Economics (University of Southampton), MSc. Economics (University of Southampton)


Research interests

The focus of my PhD research is health economics. My thesis also has a significant public economics and policy element, and these are areas of particular interest to me. The first paper of my thesis reflects these interests and analyses the heterogeneous effects of Universal Healthcare Coverage. I approach research questions from an applied microeconometric angle. My extensive training in these applied microeconometric techniques allows me to use these skills to make causal inferences in my research. I hope to expand my future research to the broader fields of human capital, specifically I have an interest in actively contributing to education research well as continuing my current research in health and public economics.

PhD supervision

Dr. Emmanouil Mentzakis and Dr. Thomas Gall

PhD research

Thesis Title: “Essays In Health Economics”

Dr. Emmanouil Mentzakis and Dr. Thomas Gall

Funding: University of Southampton ESRC DTP (1+3)


Mr. Rhys Llewellyn Thomas
Economics Department, Building 58, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ
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