Key Research Interests and Expertise

My research interests are in the economic, health and social policy implications of individual and population ageing with a particular focus on financial provision for later life and provision for long-term care needs. These interests are pursued mainly through the analysis of large-scale household survey data and the use of micro simulation techniques to model policy reform options. I have developed and maintain a dynamic microsimulation model of long-term care.

Further details can be found on the Health Economics Group website

Highlighted Publications

Morciano, M., Hancock, R. and Pudney S (2014) ‘Disability costs and equivalence scales in the older population’ Review of Income and Wealth DOI:
10.1111/roiw.12108


Hancock, R. and Pudney S. (2014) ‘The distributional implications of reforms to disability benefits for older people in the UK’ Ageing and Society 34(2) 232-257


Hancock R., Malley J., Wittenberg R., Morciano M, Pickard L., King D and Comas-Herrera A. (2013) The role of care home fees in the public costs and distributional effects of potential reforms to care home funding for older people in England. Health Economics Policy and Law 8(1) 47-73

Hancock R., Morciano M. and Pudney S. (2012) ‘Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance claimants in the older population: is there a difference in their economic circumstances?’ Journal of Poverty and Social Justice 20 (2), 191-206

Zantomio, F., Pudney, S. and Hancock R. (2010) Estimating the impact of a policy reform on benefit take-up: the 2001 extension to the Minimum Income Guarantee for pensioners Economica 77, 234–254

Berthoud R., Blekesaune M. and Hancock R. (2009) Ageing, income and living standards: evidence from the British Household Panel Survey. Ageing and Society. 29 (7), 1105-1122.

Research Keywords

Economics of ageing
Long-term care financing
Microsimulation
Disability benefits for older people

Postgraduate Research Student Supervision

Economics of ageing
Long-term care financing
Microsimulation
Disability benefits for older people

Enterprise and Engagement Activities

Commissioned by the Dilnot Commission on Funding Care and Support to provide estimates of the cost of potential reforms to the system of funding long-term care for older people (2011)

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