Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic  Performance at the London School of Economics. Previously he was Professor of  Economics at University College London, and has been visiting Professor at Harvard  University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the British  Academy, has been President of the European Association of Labour Economists, is a  Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and was a member of the UK Low Pay  Commission from 2007-13.His current research interests include labour market  inequality, education and crime, and the interactions between them.