University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Nottingham University Business School China
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Hoi Yan Ada Ma

Assistant Professor in Economics , Nottingham University Business School China


PhD (Economics) Newcastle University, UK
MSc (Economics) University of Southampton, UK 
MA (Economics) University of Edinburgh, UK


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  Ada Ma


Teaching summary


  • Introduction to Microeconomics 

  • Introduction to Macroeconomics


  • Health Economics


Research summary

Ada has written her PhD on Personnel Economics. Following that she went to University of Aberdeen and worked as a Research Fellow on Labour and Health Economics. She worked in a team that calculated the Market Forces Factor - an geographically based cost adjustment that compensated the variation in operation costs for publicly funded hospitals and family doctors in England. She studied and has written papers about the remuneration systems that were introduced to hospitals and family doctors by the British Labour Government in the 2000s. She then worked at the Central Policy Unit of the Hong Kong Government and helped with the preparation of background materials for issues being discussed at the Commission on Strategic Development, which is chaired by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong.

Research interests


Labour economics, applied microeconometrics, policy evaluation, health economics.

Present and future

Labour economics, applied microeconometrics, policy evaluation, health economics, open to suggestions.


  1. Feng, Y., Ma, A., Farrar, S., Sutton, M., The Tougher the Better: An Economic Analysis of Increased Payment Thresholds on the Performance of General Practices, Health Economics, Online Early View, published 5th January 2014.

  2. Barmby, T., Eberth, B., Ma, A., Incentives, Learning, Task Difficulty, and the Peter Principle: Interpreting individual output changes in an Organisational Hierachy, Labour Economics¸January 2012, 19(1), 76-81.

  3. Morris, S., Goudie, R., Sutton, M., Gravelle, H., Elliott, R. F., Hole, A., Ma, A., Sibbald, B., and Skåtun, D., Determinants of general practitioners' wages in England, Health Economics, Feb 2011, 20(2), 147-160.

  4. Elliott, R. F., Ma, A., Sutton, M., McConnachie, A., Morris, S., Rice, N., Skåtun, D., The Role of the Staff MFF in Distributing NHS Funding: taking account of differences in local labour market conditions, Health Economics, May 2010, 19(5), 532-48.

  5. Gravelle, H., Sutton, M., Ma, A., Doctor Behaviour under a pay for performance contract: treating, cheating, and case finding, Economic Journal, February 2010, Vol. 120, Issue 542, F129-F156.

  6. Morris, A., Elliott, B., Ma, A., McConnachie, A., Rice, N., Skåtun, S., Sutton, M., Analysis of consultants' NHS and private incomes in England in 2003/4, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine¸September 2008, 101: 372-380.

  7. Battu, H., Ma, A., Phimister, E., Housing Tenure, Job Mobility and Unemployment in the UK, Economic Journal, March 2008, Vol. 118, Issue 527, 311-328.

  8. Bell, D., Elliott, R. F., Ma, A., Scott, A., and Roberts, E., The pattern and evolution of geographical wage differentials in the public and private sectors in Great Britain, The Manchester School, 2007, 75(4), 386-421.

  9. Elliott, R. F., Ma, A. H. Y., Scott, A., Bell, D., and Roberts, E., Geographically Differentiated Pay in the Labour Market for Nurses, Journal of Health Economics¸2007, 26(1), 190-212.

  10. Ma, A. H. Y., Roberts, E., Elliott, R. F., Bell, D., and Scott, A,. Comparing the NES and LFS: An analysis of the differences between the data sets and their implications for the pattern of geographical pay in the UK, Regional Studies, 20006, 40(6), 645-665.

  11. Elliott, R. F., Bell, D., Scott, A, Ma, A., and Roberts, E., Devolved government and public sector pay reforms: considerations of equity and efficiency, Regional Studies 2005, 39(4), 519-539.