Dr Adam Martin

Dr Adam Martin


Adam Martin is an economist and Senior Research Fellow with the Academic Unit of Health Economics at the University of Leeds. 

Research interests

I am particularly interested in:

  • Health economic evaluation in randomised controlled trials and methods used for measuring and valuing health-related quality of life

  • Applied econometric methods for analysing quasi-randomised experiments, e.g. Instrumental Variables and Regression Discontinuity Design

  • Secondary data analysis (observational data, real-world evidence and consumer data), data linkage and data harmonisation

  • Social determinants of health, especially related to diet and physical activity

  • How (ill-)health affects labour market outcomes

  • Transport policy and how the design of urban built environments may affect health and wellbeing

  • Cancer, Dementia, Obesity


Examples of recent or ongoing work includes studies of the:

  • Relationship between arthritis and labour market outcomes (PI, using data from ELSA and Understanding Society, funded by Nuffield Foundation with Dr Nasir Rajah)

  • Determinants of bicycle commuting and the effect of bicycle infrastructure investment (using UK Census microdata linked to geospatial data)

  • Impact of a cancer diagnosis during childhood/early adulthood on long term education, labour market and wellbeing outcomes (Co-I, including using data from Understanding Society, funded by ESRC with Prof Daniel Stark)

  • Relationship between ADHD-related symptoms during childhood and education/labour market outcomes during adulthood (using data from the British Cohort Study, with Dr Nasir Rajah)

  • Cost-effectiveness of the NHS Low Calorie Diet Programme (Co-I, funded by NIHR, with Prof Louisa Ells)

  • Long term healthcare costs associated with a cancer diagnosis, including a comparison with matched controls without a cancer diagnosis (using linked data from ResearchOne and PLICS, funded by Macmillan Cancer Research with Prof Chris Bojke, Prof Adam Glaser and Prof Geoff Hall)

  • Impact of commuting on wellbeing (Co-I, using data from Understanding Society, funded by ESRC)

  • Cost-effectiveness of an intervention that modifies three existing psychological therapies (behavioural activation, acceptance and commitment therapy, psychodynamic interpersonal therapy) to improve outcomes in people who repeatedly self-harm (FReSH-START trial, funded by NIHR, with Prof Chris Bojke)

  • Cost-effectiveness of a Drug-Free Interval Strategy (DFIS) compared to Conventional Continuation Strategy (CCS) of sunitibib or pazopanib in the management of patients with locally advanced and/or metastatic clear renal cell cancer (STAR trial, funded by NIHR, with Dr David Meads)

  • Validity of different utility measures for people with dementia living in residential care:  comparisons of DEMQOL-Proxy-U and of Self- and Proxy-Completed EQ-5D-5L  (funded by NIHR, with Prof Claire Surr and Dr David Meads)


  • PhD Health Economics – University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich
  • MSc Health Economics – University of York
  • MLitt Economics and International Relations – University of St Andrews (postgraduate)
  • MA (Hons.) Economics (2.1) – University of St Andrews

Student education

I currently lead an undergraduate module in health economics at Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and have previously taught postgraduate modules in health economics and applied econometrics.

I am an MSc and PhD supervisor.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Academic Unit of Health Economics
  • Applied Health Econometrics Group
  • Health economics
  • Decision Modelling Group
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