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01 November 2019
The gig economy; management; inequality; later life outcomes
New research reports from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics are highlighted in the Autumn 2019 CentrePiece magazine. As CEP approaches its thirtieth birthday in 2020, emerging policy challenges – including ‘the gig economy’, ‘the rise of the robots’ and growing inequalities – are a central focus of the research agenda – and each features in this issue. Other themes include the powerful influence of ‘structured’ management practices on firms’ performance; the positive contribution of universities to their local economies; and the effect of early life experiences on later earnings and wellbeing outcomes. The magazine reports new evidence about the importance of where you’re born, which generation you’re born into and the financial circumstances of your childhood.
02 July 2019
WILLING TO PAY FOR JOB SECURITY Gig workers, freelancers and the self-employed want steady jobs: New CEP research
“Atypical” workers may like flexibility – but they would prefer a steady job. The rise of work arrangements like self-employment, freelancing, gig work and zero-hour contracts is not due to workers wanting or demanding these jobs, but rather because they have no other choice. What’s more, workers would agree to earn less in order to increase their employment security.
01 July 2019
GLOBALISATION BACKLASH: New research on Brexit damage, trade war, hate crime and employee wellbeing Summer 2019 CentrePiece magazine, Centre for Economic Performance
New research from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics is highlighted in the Summer 2019 CentrePiece magazine. In particular, this issue showcases recent CEP work on trade in the light of the growing backlash against globalisation reflected in the UK’s June 2016 vote to leave the European Union (EU) and the US presidential election result a little later that year. Among the findings:
  • Brexit damage: sterling depreciation hurts workers via lower wages and training
  • No sign of Global Britain: UK firms are investing more in the EU, not elsewhere
  • Trade war: US consumers are paying the price for Trump’s 2018 import tariffs
  • Globalisation’s discontents: more must be done to ensure that gains are shared
  • The new service economy: it’s productivity not firm size that matters for wages
  • Pay: workers in the UK, EU and US now receive a smaller share of firms’ profits
  • Employee wellbeing: happier staff linked with better corporate performance
  • Healthy minds: positive effects of a new secondary school wellbeing curriculum
  • Terror attacks: real-time media coverage encourages anti-Muslim hate crime
04 June 2019
GLOBALISATION, TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF WORK: CEP Trade Week drives conversation between academics and policy-makers
The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) is hosting CEP Trade Week, June 4th-10th. The event includes two policy panels, bringing together leading academics and policy-makers from across the world, on either end of the European Research Workshop in International Trade (ERWIT).
17 May 2019
ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE: Upcoming CEP events on trade, technology, industrial policy and the future of work
The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) is hosting several upcoming events:
12 April 2019
New CEP research to be presented at the Royal Economic Society’s 2019 Annual Conference
Experts from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) will present new research at the Royal Economic Society 2019 Annual Conference, April 15th-17th at the University of Warwick. Topics include crime, jobs and wages, education, and social mobility.
20 March 2019
FINLAND DOES IT AGAIN: Still the happiest country according to World Happiness Report 2019
The World Happiness Report 2019 launches today at the United Nations, ranking the happiness of people in 156 countries. Finland took the top spot for the second year in a row, while South Sudan ranked lowest. This year’s report also features work by experts at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), providing insight on how happiness influences voting patterns, and how big data can be used to predict happiness. Once again, the CEP’s Lord Richard Layard co-edited the report.
01 March 2019
LESSONS FROM ECONOMIC HISTORY: New research findings from the Centre for Economic Performance
New research reports from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics are highlighted in the Spring 2019 CentrePiece magazine, which focuses on the theme of ‘lessons from economic history’. Among the findings:  
  • THE PRINTING PRESS: How technology and competition transformed society
  • REAGANOMICS: Innovation policy, not protectionism, promoted long-run growth
  • BERLIN WALL: An experiment in the organisation of economic activity in cities
  • IRON AGE TRADE: Places better-connected over sea saw more human activity
  • STEAM RAILWAYS: A new transport technology sparked the growth of London
  • 1930s GERMANY: Nazi purge of Jewish managers hit firms’ market valuations
  • CLEAN GROWTH: Action on climate change and sustainability is key to growth
A digital version of CentrePiece can be found at http://cep.lse.ac.uk/centrepiece/.
25 February 2019
UK Government makes PSHE education compulsory, following CEP Trial
Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced today plans to make health, relationships and sex education universal in UK schools. This followed an announcement last year that the Department for Education would make physical and mental health lessons compulsory in schools from 2020. The plans come after the release of a new Physical, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education trial, evaluated by the CEP and LSE’s Lord Richard Layard, Professor Grace Lordan and Professor Alistair McGuire, that shows these subjects can be taught successfully and with substantial results.
11 February 2019
UK firms investing billions abroad because of Brexit
UK firms are voting with their money and offshoring new investments to the rest of the EU. The Brexit vote has led to a 12% increase in new foreign direct investment (FDI) projects by UK firms in EU countries – a total increase in foreign investment of £8.3 billion. A no-deal Brexit would further accelerate the outflow of investment from the UK.