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MMU Business School Staff Profile

Name: Dr. John Simister
Department: Accounting, Finance and Economics
Location: MMU Business School, Room 4.26

Telephone: 0161 247 3899

Twitter: SimisterJ

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Responsibilities John teaches microeconomics on the undergraduate economics degree programme, and related tasks such as Personal Academic Tutor
Background For over 20 years, John has taught economics at ten UK universities (including King's College London, SOAS, and London School of Economics). He has worked at MMU since 2011.
Research John has published journal articles on various subjects including decision-making within the household, education, and ethical investment; and a book on domestic violence worldwide. He is now researching the effects of government spending as a way to reduce unemployment.

Journal articles:

Ben Fine, Nigel Foster, John Simister & Judith Wright
(1993), ‘Consumption norms, trickle-down and the video/microwave syndrome’, International Review of Applied Economics 7 (2), pp. 123-43.

Ruth Taplin & John Simister (1995), ‘Beyond a neoclassical approach to household spending: Combination Modes theory’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 5 (4), pp. 259-71.

Ben Fine & John Simister (1995), ‘Consumption durables: exploring the order of acquisition’, Applied Economics 27, pp. 1049-57.

Jenny Piesse, Colin Thirtle & John Simister (1999), ‘Modernisation, multiple income sources and equity in the communal lands in Zimbabwe’, Agrekon 38, pp. 243-59.

Michal Lyons & John Simister (2000), ‘From rags to riches? Migration and intergenerational change in London’s housing market, 1971-91’, Area 32 (3), pp. 271-85.

John Simister (2000), ‘Long-term trends in wage discrimination against ethnic minorities: USA and UK’, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 11 (4), pp. 1-17.

John Simister (2001), ‘Thermal Stress and Violence in India & Pakistan’, Indian Geographical Journal 76 (2), pp. 89-100.

John Simister & Jenifer Piesse (2003), ‘Bargaining and household dynamics: the impact of education and financial control on nutrition outcomes in South Africa’, South African Journal of Economics 71 (1), pp. 163-72.

John Simister & Cary Cooper (2005), ‘Thermal stress in the USA: effects on violence and employee behaviour’, Stress and Health 21, pp. 3-15.

John Simister & Evert Van de Vliert (2005), ‘Is there more violence in very hot weather? Tests over time in Pakistan and across countries worldwide’, Pakistan Journal of Meteorology 2 (4), pp. 55-70.

John Simister & Judith Makowiec (2008), ‘Domestic Violence in India: Effects of Education’, Indian Journal of Gender Studies 15 (3), pp. 507-18.

John Simister (2009), ‘The importance of being earners: why both women and men in South Africa need well-paid jobs’, Development Southern Africa 26 (5), pp. 709 - 19.

John Simister & Hassan Zaky (2009), ‘Wife’s earnings, child nutrition, and Gender-Based Violence in Egypt’, Middle East Development Journal 1, pp. 209-26.

John Simister & Parnika S. Mehta (2010), ‘Gender-Based Violence in India: long-term trends’, Journal of Interpersonal Violence 20 (10), pp. 1-18.

John Simister (2010), ‘Domestic Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya: Effects of ethnicity and education’, Journal of Family Violence 25 (3), pp. 247-57.

John Simister (2011), ‘Elitism and meritocracy in UK universities: the UK needs investment in its labour force’, Higher Education Quarterly 65 (2), pp. 113-144.

John Simister
(2011), ‘Assessing the Kerala Model: education is necessary but not sufficient’, Journal of South Asian Development 6 (1), 1-24.

John Simister (2012), ‘More than a billion women face 'Gender Based Violence'; where are most victims?’, Journal of Family Violence, 27 (7): 607-23.

John Simister (2013), ‘Is Men's Share of Housework Reduced by "Gender Deviance Neutralization?": Evidence from Seven Countries’, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 44 (3): 311-.

John Simister and Richard Whittle (2013), ‘Ethical investment and portfolio theory: using factor analysis to select a portfolio’, Journal of Mathematical Finance, 3 (1A): 145-52. doi: 10.4236/jmf.2013.31A014.

John Simister (2013), ‘Women’s education reduces risk of Gender-Based Violence: evidence from 33 countries’, Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, 2 (2): 150-81.

John Simister (forthcoming), “Statistical tables showing p-values at various levels of statistical significance, to facilitate the 'probability value' approach to hypothesis testing”, Pioneer Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics.

Books, and book chapters:

John Simister, Cary Cooper & Evert Van de Vliert
(2007), ‘Heated debate: how temperature affects crime’, in Wilkinson, Carl (Editor), The observer book of weather, Observer books: Reading.

John Simister & Cary Cooper (2011), ‘Extreme temperature as a cause of violence’, chapter in Aidan Renshaw and Emelina Suárez (Editors), Violent crime and prisons: Population, health conditions and recidivism: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 1-34. ISBN: 978-1-60741-668-5

John Simister (2011), ‘Effects of domestic violence on women’s health’, in C. Chidambaranathan (Editor), Women and health: a general perspective. Pointer Publishers: Jaipur. ISBN: 978-81-7132-657-0

John Simister (2012), Gender Based Violence: causes and remedies, Nova publishers: New York. ISBN: 978-1-61942-786-0

John Simister (forthcoming), ‘Evidence of child abuse in India and other countries’, in M. D. Allen Selvakumar, I. Jenitta Mary & C. Chidambaranathan (eds.), Child abuse: prevention and treatment.

Conference papers:

John Simister & Jenifer Piesse
(2002), ‘Household consumption decisions and nutrition in South Africa’, conference paper presented to ‘Centre for the Study of African Economies’ conference, Oxford University,

Amany H. Refaat & John Simister (2009), ‘Effects of education on Gender-Based Violence in Egypt’, conference paper 208638 presented on 8th November 2009, American Public Health Association conference 137.

John Simister (2011), ‘Ending female genital mutilation’, paper given to Oxford Forum for International Development, at Oxford University (UK), on 20th February 2011.

Amany H. Refaat & John Simister (2011), ‘Empowering Egyptian women against intimate partner violence’, in conference ‘Integrating public and personal health care in a world on the move’, Graz, Austria: 17-21th Sep 2011. ‘Network towards unity for health’: