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  • Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:19:36 GMT

    Covid-19: We shouldn’t give priority to sustaining the GDP over the wellbeing of the people

    We are in a very difficult situation. But I do believe that if we handle it right we can come out of this better than we went into it. We can come out of it with a society in which people are caring more for each other and in which they are taking better care of themselves. So, let me […]
  • Tue, 17 Mar 2020 06:00:32 GMT

    We can increase happiness through public policy – and in our jobs and private lives too

    Thomas Jefferson said that ‘The care of human life and happiness… is the first and only legitimate object of good  government.’ We agree with him, as did the LSE’s main architects – the Webbs and William Beveridge. So too do an increasing number of policymakers worldwide: only last October, the European Union’s Council of Ministers requested that all of its […]
  • Fri, 13 Mar 2020 11:58:00 GMT

    Training grants: a useful policy to address skills and productivity gaps?

    Thomas Jefferson said that ‘The care of human life and happiness… is the first and only legitimate object of good  government.’ We agree with him, as did the LSE’s main architects – the Webbs and William Beveridge. So too do an increasing number of policymakers worldwide: only last October, the European Union’s Council of Ministers requested that all of its […]
  • Sat, 07 Mar 2020 06:00:50 GMT

    If the UK is high tech, why is productivity growth slow? Economists weigh in

    The UK has seen slow rates of productivity growth over the past decade, with output per hour and real wages no higher today than they were prior to the global financial crisis. The February 2020 Centre for Macroeconomics (CFM) survey asked its panel of top UK economists about the causes of and possible policy responses to slow growth in UK productivity. […]
  • Fri, 06 Mar 2020 06:00:28 GMT

    Does more competition spur innovation or discourage it?

    Increased levels of global trade integration, especially driven by the rise of China, have led to a fierce public debate about the winners and losers from international trade. Recently, calls for protectionism have become louder in many countries, leading to a backlash against globalisation (OECD 2017). When it comes to firms, the increase in import competition has led researchers to […]