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19 May 2017
The Return of Falling Real Wages

Centre for Economic Performance report on UK pay and living standards - #GE2017Economists @CEP_LSE election analysis

Since the global financial crisis of 2007/08, workers’ real wages and family living standards in the UK have suffered to an extent unprecedented in modern history. Real wages of the typical (median) worker have fallen by almost 5% since 2008, while real family incomes for families of working age have just about recovered to pre-crisis levels. But almost all groups of individuals and families - with the exception of pensioner households - are no better off on average than in 2008. In particular, there is an important generational shift, with young people doing considerably worse.

28 March 2017
Improving National Happiness: Expert insights on the potential of public policy
Following the recent publication of the 2017 World Happiness Report, 28 leading researchers on wellbeing from around the world have expressed their views on the state of knowledge on public policies that can make a real difference to people's satisfaction with their lives - as well as whether we need more randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to test the wellbeing impact of a variety of policy options.
20 March 2017
Norway takes top spot in 2017 World Happiness Report

The World Happiness Report 2017, released today with significant input from LSE's Professor Richard Layard, includes an analysis of happiness in the workplace for the first time.

Norway ranks as the happiest country, jumping three spots from last year, displacing Denmark and then followed by Iceland, Finland, The Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

The World Happiness Report 2017 is available at worldhappiness.report

07 March 2017
A Budget for Wellbeing? Happiness experts to respond to Chancellor's speech
The Chancellor’s budget speech on Wednesday will be scrutinised for its likely impact on the economy, public finances and household incomes – but how will it affect the wellbeing of the UK population? Happiness researchers associated with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing are available to respond on-air, online and in print immediately after the budget on its implications for wellbeing. Fuller information on the wellbeing impacts of anticipated announcements is already available, with further updates online tomorrow.
06 March 2017
Transforming Technical Education in England: Analysis of promised budget proposals from the Centre for Vocational Education Research
Trails for the Chancellor’s budget speech on Wednesday promise big new plans for technical education in England. Professor Sandra McNally of the Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER) at the London School of Economics, who is available for comment on the proposals, summarises the evidence and her view of what reforms are needed.
01 March 2017
New research findings from the Centre for Economic Performance are highlighted in the Spring 2017 CentrePiece magazine

New research reports from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics are highlighted in the Spring 2017 CentrePiece magazine.

28 February 2017
Sleep Deprivation and Employment: Evidence from the 'Children of the 90s'
Sleep deprivation has a strong negative effect on labour market performance, according to research by Joan Costa-Font and Sarah Fleche of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Analysing data on a representative sample of children born in and around Bristol in the early 1990s, they find that a one-hour reduction in parents’ sleep duration significantly decreases labour force participation, the number of hours worked and household income. In addition, they find that low-skilled mothers are more likely to opt out of the labour market and work fewer hours than high-skilled mothers when exposed to sleep deprivation. The researchers conclude that sleep is a major determinant of employment outcomes that needs more attention in economic analysis of time allocation and employment policies. They will present their study at the annual conference of the Royal Economic Society in April.
27 February 2017
Wellbeing Effects of Anonymous Donation of Eggs and Sperm: expert analysis of the impact on donors, donor conceived children and wider society

Donating gametes (eggs and sperm) via clinics as an anonymous donor is not considered to be one of the highest return-to-effort things individuals can do to increase overall wellbeing. That is the consensus finding of a survey of leading researchers on wellbeing from around the world on the wellbeing implications of gametes donation.

On a key question of policy related to anonymous gamete donation, the panel of experts are divided on whether the right of a child to know who their donor was when they turn 18 outweighs the possibility that such a right will lead to a shortage of donors and reduce the number of donor-conceived children.

13 February 2017
NURSERY QUALITY: New evidence of the impact on children's outcomes
A report published today reveals that a child’s educational achievement at the end of their reception year is only very slightly higher if he or she has been taught in nursery by a qualified teacher or early years professional. Attending a nursery rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the regulator of educational quality in England, also has limited benefits. The research concludes that while there are important differences between the outcomes of children who attend different nurseries, we do not yet understand enough about what generates them.
30 January 2017
Workers’ satisfaction with their job is, on average, higher in a flatter organisation than in a hierarchical organisation. That is the consensus finding of a survey of leading researchers on wellbeing from around the world on the impact of different organisational structures on workers’ wellbeing.