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  • Mon, 15 Jul 2019 05:40:01 GMT

    Happy employees and their impact on firm performance

    A growing number of companies claim to place a high priority on the wellbeing of their workers – and there is a fast-growing industry of firms selling products related to employee wellbeing. But does investing in employee wellbeing actually lead to higher productivity and are there any tangible benefits to the business bottom line? Experimental evidence such as Oswald et […]
  • Tue, 02 Jul 2019 05:40:07 GMT

    Workers would give up half their hourly wages in exchange for a steady job

    The past two decades have seen a large increase in the number of workers engaged in “atypical” work arrangements. This type of work includes employment like zero-hour contracts (ZHCs), gig work such as driving an uber or taskrabbiting, and various types of other self-employment like freelancing. In the UK, the proportion of solo self-employed (e.g. freelancers, contractors, gig and crowd […]
  • Tue, 25 Jun 2019 10:14:00 GMT

    Changing Aspirations and Outcomes in Post-16 Education

    The past two decades have seen a large increase in the number of workers engaged in “atypical” work arrangements. This type of work includes employment like zero-hour contracts (ZHCs), gig work such as driving an uber or taskrabbiting, and various types of other self-employment like freelancing. In the UK, the proportion of solo self-employed (e.g. freelancers, contractors, gig and crowd […]
  • Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:40:19 GMT

    What happens to people’s careers when demand for their occupations declines?

    Technological change facilitates long run growth, but labour-replacing technologies are often perceived as a threat to the livelihood of workers. The recent wave of technologies is no longer confined to replacing routine workers such as machine operative and clerical workers: it could well reduce the employment of, among others, drivers, lawyers, and even fashion designers. Since more occupations are likely […]
  • Mon, 24 Jun 2019 05:40:16 GMT

    When firms have asymmetric market power, stronger multilateral cooperation is needed

    The opinion on the benefits of free trade, and of multilateral agreements, which are free trade’s preferred policy companion, has changed through history. After having enjoyed some decades of favour, the support to multilateralism (and free trade) seems to be declining. The theoretical premise that the free market equilibrium is efficient is the basis for multilateralism. Economists learn in their […]