Background

I am a research economist with experience in academia, the public and voluntary sectors, and consultancy work.

My research is mainly applied econometric and statistical work using large national datasets, including both pooled cross-sections and panel data. My research interests include charities and nonprofits, migration, social care, evaluation of learning, and the economics of volunteering, with an emphasis on the implications for public policy.

I am currently a lecturer in quantitative methods at the University of Stirling.

My PhD research in Economics was awarded in April 2011 by the University of Stirling in Scotland. My PhD examined the voluntary (non-profit) sector labour market in the UK, and the wage-setting behaviour of charities and NGO’s particularly in the Health & Social Work services. My PhD supervisors were Prof. David Bell and Prof. Sascha Becker.

My PhD research proposal was approved and fully funded by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) for three years. In May to July 2009 I undertook an ESRC-funded Overseas University Visit to the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit├Ąt in Munich, Germany.

Click to download a copy of my current full CV. (Updated January 2013)


Publications

Bell, D.N.F. & Rutherford, A. C. (2013) "Working Time and Older Workers" The Journal of the Economics of Ageing, (forthcoming)

Bell, D.N.F. & Rutherford, A. C. (2013) "Individual and Geographic Factors in the Formation of Care Networks in the UK" Population, Space and Place, (forthcoming)
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Bell, D.N.F., Rutherford, A. C. & Wright, R.E. (2013) "Free Personal Care for Older People: A Wider Perspective on Its Costs" Economic Commentary, Vol. 36, No. 3

Bell, D.N.F. & Rutherford, A. C. (2012) "Long-Term Care and the Housing Market" Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 59, No. 5
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Rutherford, A. C. (2012) "The ‘Ins’ and ‘Outs’ of Working in the UK Voluntary Sector" Voluntary Sector Review, Vol 3, No. 3

Rutherford, A. (2012). Get By With a Little Help From My Friends: A Recent History of Charitable Organisations in Economic Theory. In: Faccarello, G. & Sturn, R. Studies in the History of Public Economics. Routledge
ISBN 978-0-415-69514-5

Rutherford, A. C. (2010) "Get By With a Little Help From My Friends: A Recent History of Charitable Organisations in Economic Theory" European Journal of the History of Economic Thought; Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 1031 - 1046
Working paper version | EJHET

Rutherford, A. C. (2010) Measuring the Social Economy in Scotland; Research Report; Scottish Government;

Rutherford, A. C. (2009) Engaging the Scottish Diaspora: Rationale, Benefits and Challenges;Research Report; Scottish Government;
ISBN 978 0 7559 7593 8
Available from the Scottish Government

Working Papers

These are research papers that I am currently working on. Please contact me if you would like more information, or would like to cite any of these papers.

Rutherford, A.C. (2012) “Networks of Informal Caring: a Mixed Methods Approach”, (presented at the International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care (London), and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations ‘Researching the Voluntary Sector’ Conference (Birmingham); both in September 2012)

Rutherford, A.C. (2011) “Understanding Volunteering: A Quantitative Analysis of Urban/Rural Differences in Participation”; (under review)

Rutherford, A.C. (2010) “On the Up: Voluntary Sector Wages in the UK 1998 to 2007” (revise and resubmit at Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly)

Rutherford, A.C. (2009) “Where is the Warm Glow? Donated Labour in the Health & Social Work Industries”; Stirling Economics Discussion Paper 2009-20

News, Conferences & Presentations

Updates on my research, upcoming conferences and presentations.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Presentation :: St Andrews Third Sector Research Forum

I will be presenting my paper "Where is the Warm Glow? Donated Labour in the Health & Social Work Industries" at the annual symposium of the St Andrews Third Sector Research Forum on Friday 18th November 2011.

Abstract
The “Warm Glow” theory of worker motivation in nonprofit organisations predicts that wages will be lower in the voluntary sector than for equivalent workers in the private and public sectors. Empirical findings, however, are mixed.

Focussing on the Health & Social Work industries, we examine differences in levels of unpaid overtime between the sectors to test for the existence of donated labour. We explore the extent to which unpaid overtime can be explained by intrinsic motivation versus a gift exchange between employer and employee. We find that there are significant differences in overtime working between the sectors We also find significant gender differences in patterns of unpaid overtime working. These have an effect on sector wage differences, providing evidence of donated labour for female workers not found in other studies.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Blog Post: The 'Ins' and 'Outs' of Working in the Voluntary Sector

I've written a blog post for The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network Blog, describing my findings on the movement of workers into and out of the voluntary sector.

Why do staff join and leave the voluntary sector?
Research fellow Alasdair Rutherford looks at the
makeup of workers moving in and out of the
voluntary sector


This post is based on my paper presented at the NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, and was featured on Third Sector's 'Best of the Blogs' on 15th Sept 2011.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference 2011

I will be presenting two papers at the NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference on 7th and 8th September 2011.

The first paper "Switch In: Exploring the Changing Characteristics of Sector Switchers in the Voluntary Sector Workforce" builds on my analysis of workers in th voluntary sector, examining the characteristics of sector switchers. The analysis of sector switchers suggests that there is significant mobility into and out of the voluntary sector, to and from both the private and public sectors. Switching workers do tend to be younger and in less secure jobs: either temporary contracts, part-time, or with lower job tenures. There is some evidence that these less secure jobs are concentrated in the voluntary sector, from the differences between switchers moving into and out of the sector. Lastly, there is some suggestion that over the sample period there had been an increase in the number of workers with professional occupations entering the sector and workers in the health & social work industries.

The second paper "Understanding Volunteering Participation: A Quantitative Analysis of Volunteering Data in the Scottish Household Survey" is a project being conducted jointly with Volunteer Development Scotland.  We analyse data on volunteering from the Scottish Household Survey to investigate the factors explaining geographical variation in volunteering participation.  This project is funded by the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN)

More details on the conference are available here.  The working papers will be available online shortly.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Professionalisation of the voluntary sector should draw the line at executive pay

Amidst growing public concern about widening pay gaps, Alasdair Rutherford asks whether we should be worrying about voluntary sector pay.

Although the British don’t like to talk about money, we do care what other people earn. Recent research from the Institute of Public Policy Research has shown that half of Britons say the pay gap in their workplace is too large, while over two-thirds say that the government should act to reduce the gap between high and low earners.

Workers in the voluntary sector certainly do not command the salaries of those in banking and finance or at the top of the civil service, but people do care how much of their donations are spent on a charity’s wage bill.  Should we worry about voluntary sector pay?

Read my Opinion Piece on www.civilsociety.co.uk

Monday, 13 June 2011

AQMeN Small Grants Scheme Award

I have been awarded a small grant, together with Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS), by the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) to analyse volunteering data in the Scottish Household Survey (SHS).  The project will investigate the determinants of volunteering participation, and explore the potential to explain local variations in volunteering.


The aims of this project are:
  • conduct in-depth quantitative analysis of data on volunteering contained in the Scottish Household Survey (SHS);
  • develop quantitative methods skills within a third sector organisation, Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS), to enable on-going analysis of volunteering data in this dataset and other Scottish data;
  • disseminate findings (including the potential of the methods) to policymakers and practitioners in public and voluntary sectors;
  • develop a method for mapping potential volunteering participation at the local level, by linking the SHS to local area statistics.
The project will report later in the year.  For more information, please contact me.

Past Conference Paper Presentations

  • NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, London (Sept 2011)
  • NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, University of Leeds (Sept 2010)
  • EEA Congress 2010, University of Glasgow (Aug 2010)
  • Work Pensions and Labour Economics (WPEG) 2010, University of Bristol (Jul 2010)
  • EALE/SOLE 2010 3rd International Conference, University College London (Jun 2010)
  • Spring Meeting of Young Economists (SMYE), Luxembourg (Apr 2010)
  • Scottish Economic Society Conference, Perth (Apr 2010)
  • SGPE Conference, Peebles (Jan 2010)
  • VSSN Day Conference, Third Sector Research Centre (Dec 2009)
  • IAREP Economic Psychology of Giving, Public Goods and Leadership, University of Kent (Nov 2009)
  • NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, University of Warwick (Sept 2009)
  • INFER Conference, University of Stirling (Sept 2009)
  • European PhD Network on the Third Sector and Civil Society, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (May 2009)
  • Scottish Economic Society Conference, Perth (Apr 2009)
  • International Labour Process Conference (ILPC) 2009, Edinburgh (Apr 2009)
  • SGPE Conference, Peebles (Jan 2009)
  • History of Public Economics Conference, ERMES / Panthéon Assas University, Paris (Dec 2008)
  • Management Research for the Third Sector Symposium, University of St. Andrew's (Nov 2008)
  • NCVO/VSSN Researching the Voluntary Sector Conference, University of Warwick (Sept 2008)
  • European PhD Network on the Third Sector and Civil Society, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania (May 2008)
  • SGPE Conference, Dunblane (Jan 2008)
  • “Moving Forward” Postgraduate Conference, University of Aberdeen (Jun 2007)
  • SGPE Conference, Dunblane (Jan 2007)

Other Writing

Please contact me if you would like more information on any of the projects below, or would like to cite any of this work.
  • Media Article
    Article on the Guardian Online, on the 'ins' and 'outs of working in the voluntary sector: Why do staff join and leave the voluntary sector?;
  • Guest Blog Post
    Opinion Piece on www.civilsociety.co.uk on the pay inequality and the professionalisation of the voluntary sector;
  • Research Summary:
    Paying the Price for Care: Estimating Wage Differentials between the Private, Public & Voluntary Sectors (2008)
    Full Text
  • Policy Report:
    Reviewing the Approaches of the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and four Development NGOs to the Monitoring & Evaluation of International Development Projects and Policy (2008)
    Written as part of a 3-month placement at the Scottish Government
  • Policy Report:
    Assessment of the Economic Impact of Trading Standards Services (TSS) (2007)
    Written as part of a Summer internship with the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • MSc Dissertation:
    Modelling the Provision of Care for Older People in Scotland: A Quasi-Market Approach (2006)
    Full Text

Datasets

In my research I work with a number of large national UK datasets. These include:
  • UK Labour Force Survey (LFS)
  • Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS)
  • British Household Panel Survey (BHPS)
  • Scottish Household Survey (SHS)
  • English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA)