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The Telegraph

Only six in ten pupils are getting full education despite schools reopening, report finds

During late September and early October, just 59 per cent of pupils benefitted from “full schooling”, says new report.


Related Links:
The Telegraph - Only six in ten pupils are getting full education despite schools reopening, report finds

Generation COVID: emerging work and education inequalities

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage

Andrew Eyles webpage

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 26/10/2020      [Back to the Top]

BBC

'Generation Covid' hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals

BBC Panorama found people aged 16-25 were more than twice as likely as older workers to have lost their job, while six in 10 saw their earnings fall, according to new research.

A quarter of pupils - some 2.5 million children - had no schooling or tutoring during lockdown, the survey by the London School of Economics (LSE) suggests.


Related Links:
BBC - 'Generation Covid' hit hard by the pandemic, research reveals

Generation COVID: emerging work and education inequalities

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage

Stephen Machin webpage

Andrew Eyles webpage



News Posted: 26/10/2020      [Back to the Top]

TES

Revealed: UTC attainment gap for pre and post-16s

New research finds that while 14-year-olds who enrol at University Technical Colleges (UTCs) get significantly worse GCSE results than their peers, 16-year-olds who enrol at a UTC outperform their peers in skills and technical education. It also uncovers evidence that the age at which students move to UTCs - currently 14 - needs serious policy consideration.


Related Links:
TES - Revealed: UTC attainment gap for pre and post-16s

Closing the Gap Between Vocational and General Education? Evidence from University Technical Colleges in England

CEP CVER

Camille Terrier webpage

Guglielmo Ventura webpage



News Posted: 14/10/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Guardian

Only radical reform can fix Britain's broken ladder of social mobility

Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin argue how political reform is needed to solve issues with social mobility resulting from Covid-19. They explain that the findings of their review of evidence on social mobility suggest that failure to act now will only create more problems for future generations.


Related Links:
The Guardian - Only radical reform can fix Britain's broken ladder of social mobility

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 07/10/2020      [Back to the Top]

Department for International Trade

CEP associates to join new UK trade panel

Two Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) associates are members of a new expert trade panel set up to support UK trade negotiations.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has said that Professor Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics at Oxford University and associate of CEP, will chair the panel.

Dr Swati Dhingra, Assistant Professor of Economics at LSE, and associate of CEP, will also be a member of the panel.

The panel will advise DIT on the use of cutting-edge trade models and techniques. This advice will include recommendations on how best to incorporate wider global economic developments, such as the impact of Covid-19, into its economic and trade modelling.

The other members of the panel are: Professor Michael Plummer, Eni Professor of International Economics at the Bologna Institute for Policy Research at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe; Dr Graham Gudgin, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research (CBR) in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Dr Christine McDaniel, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA.

Professor Tony Venables, said: “Trade policy modelling provides the tools for thinking through possible effects on the UK of changes in trade policy and in the world economy at large.

“The panel will provide DIT with analysis and recommendations on how best to use these tools to fully capture effects, while being evidence based and presenting findings in a comprehensible and transparent manner.”


Related Links:
Department for International Trade - CEP associates to join new UK trade panel

CEP Trade

Anthony Venables webpage

Swati Dhingra webpage



News Posted: 30/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Express

GENERATION COVID: Britain's under-25s will never recover from this

COVID-19 was the great equaliser, it was claimed during the early days of the pandemic. Lee Elliot Major explains that the virus didn't care whether you were rich or poor. We were all in it together.


Related Links:
The Express - GENERATION COVID: Britain's under-25s will never recover from this

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage



News Posted: 25/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

British Medical Journal

Taking a wellbeing-years approach to policy choice

Every day, policy makers have to decide whether a policy is desirable by examining its impact on a whole range of outcomes. But the problem is how to aggregate these disparate outcomes. Richard Layard et al propose a way to assess policy options in terms of their net effect on years of human wellbeing.


Related Links:
British Medical Journal - Taking a wellbeing-years approach to policy choice

When to release the lockdown: A wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits

CEP Wellbeing

Andrew Clark webpage

Jan-Emmanuel De neve webpage

Christian Krekel webpage

Richard Layard webpage

Gus O'donnell webpage



News Posted: 24/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

Economics Observatory

Will coronavirus cause a big city exodus?

Big cities thrive because of the economic and social benefits of proximity – but proximity also helps to spread Covid-19. Does this mean an end to the big city revival of recent years? Much will depend on how quickly we exit the pandemic – and how far the forced experiments of lockdown translate into new norms.


Related Links:
Economics Observatory - Will coronavirus cause a big city exodus?

CEP Urban

Max Nathan webpage

Henry Overman webpage



News Posted: 23/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

BNN Bloomberg

The world is losing the money laundering fight

Richard Layard wins the ISQOLS Distinguished Quality-of-Life
Professor Lord Richard Layard has been given the 2020 award for his substantial contribution to wellbeing research. 


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BNN Bloomberg - The world is losing the money laundering fight

CEP Community Wellbeing

Tom Kirchmaier webpage



News Posted: 21/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

ISQOLS

Richard Layard wins Distinguished Researcher award

Richard Layard wins the ISQOLS Distinguished Quality-of-Life
Professor Lord Richard Layard has been given the 2020 award for his substantial contribution to wellbeing research. 


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ISQOLS - Richard Layard wins Distinguished Researcher award

CEP Wellbeing

Richard Layard webpage



News Posted: 21/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

VoxEU

Importing inequality: immigration and the top 1%

Top incomes have grown rapidly in recent decades and this growth has sparked a debate about rising inequality in Western societies. Felix Koening et al investigate whether migration can account for the majority of top-income growth in the past two decades and can help explain why the UK has experienced an outsized increase in top incomes.


Related Links:
VoxEU - Importing inequality: immigration and the top 1%

Importing inequality: immigration and the top 1 percent

CEP Labour Markets

Felix Koenig webpage



News Posted: 17/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Economist

Covid-19 has forced a radical shift in working habits

The Economist examines the benefits of working from home in light of lockdown, and cites findings made by Nick Bloom that those who worked from home were more productive.


Related Links:
The Economist - Covid-19 has forced a radical shift in working habits

Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment

CEP Growth

Nick Bloom webpage



News Posted: 12/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

TES

'Big concerns’ over Covid catch-up tutors shortage

Lee Elliot Major, who used to head up the Sutton Trust, which is helping to deliver the scheme, said there were now "big concerns" over whether there was sufficient capacity to support the hundreds of thousands of pupils who will need it. Additionally, that the scheme might not work because there are not enough high-quality tutors available.


Related Links:
TES - 'Big concerns’ over Covid catch-up tutors shortage

Covid-19 and social mobility

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage



News Posted: 09/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Guardian

How coronavirus piled misery on India's workers

Shania Bhalotia, Swati Dhingra and Fjolla Kondirolli examine the impact of lockdown imposed in late March on more than 8,500 urban workers, finding 52% went without work or pay during lockdown, while less than a quarter had access to government or employer financial assistance.


Related Links:
The Guardian - How coronavirus piled misery on India's workers

City of dreams no more: the impact of Covid-19 on urban workers in India

CEP Labour Markets CEP Trade

Shania Bhalotia webpage

Swati Dhingra webpage

Fjolla Kondirolli webpage



News Posted: 06/09/2020      [Back to the Top]

Blogs: LSE Business Review

Why we need to do something about the monopsony power of employers

Why we need to do something about the monopsony power of employers - Alan Manning writes about how monopsony lowers worker mobility and wages, in this new blog article at LSE.


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Blogs: LSE Business Review - Why we need to do something about the monopsony power of employers

CEP Community Wellbeing

Alan Manning webpage



News Posted: 26/08/2020      [Back to the Top]

ESRC

Professor John Van Reenen to lead £5m research programme into boosting UK productivity

A multi-million-pound research programme to help boost UK productivity is to be led by Professor John Van Reenen, associate and former director of the Centre for Economic Performance.

The Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) will be funded by £4m from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and £1m from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

The POID is rooted in the argument that productivity growth ultimately rests on two elements: innovation - ideas that are new to the world - and the diffusion of these ideas across the economy.

Professor Van Reenen, OBE, who is Ronald Coase Chair in Economics at LSE, is renowned for his research on productivity, which looks into the causes and consequences of innovation for economic life, both in terms of 'soft' innovation such as changes in management practices, and 'hard' technologies such as information technology and artificial intelligence.

His work shows how important innovation is for economic growth, what can be done to increase management quality and productivity, and how and why governments should support research and development. Professor Van Reenen said: "For over a decade, Britain's economy has suffered from stagnating productivity and wages. We need to reignite innovation and diffusion to recover from this pandemic and the other headwinds beyond."

Professor Simon Hix, Pro-Director for Research at LSE, said: "We very much welcome the opportunity the ESRC has given LSE to apply cutting-edge research in the social sciences to help solve what is perhaps the UK's most difficult economic policy challenge of our times."

Separately from LSE's work, the ESRC investment also includes a new Productivity Institute based at the University of Manchester.

ESRC's Executive Chair, Professor Jennifer Rubin, said: "The Institute at Manchester and the LSE research programme address what is arguably the UK's biggest economic challenge. This funding represents the largest economic and social research investment ever in the UK, befitting its enormous potential to improve lives for millions of people.


Related Links:
ESRC - Professor John Van Reenen to lead £5m research programme into boosting UK productivity

CEP Growth

John Van reenen webpage



News Posted: 21/08/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Independent

Low-income workers three times more likely to have hours cut during pandemic then high-income workers

'Realistic' unemployment rate is 15 per cent, and disadvantaged groups are much more likely to be affected, finds new research by Brian Bell, Mihai Codreanu and Stephen Machin.


Related Links:
The Independent - Low-income workers three times more likely to have hours cut during pandemic then high-income workers

What can previous recessions tell us about the Covid-19 downturn?

CEP Labour Markets

Brian Bell webpage

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 17/08/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Telegraph

The future of skyscrapers: a mile high, slimmer than ever and made from wood

Paul Cheshire, associate of the CEP, talks about how planning rules shape London and why big-name trophy architects are used so often, in this piece about the future of skyscrapers.


Related Links:
The Telegraph - The future of skyscrapers: a mile high, slimmer than ever and made from wood

Offices scarce but housing scarcer: estimating the premium for London office conversions

CEP Urban

Paul Cheshire webpage



News Posted: 30/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Guardian

Brexit will deliver double shock to UK economy, study finds

Sectors unscathed from coronavirus crisis face being severely affected by Brexit, finds a report from Dr Swati Dhingra and Josh De Lyon.


Related Links:
The Guardian - Brexit will deliver double shock to UK economy, study finds

Covid-19 and Brexit: Real-time updates on business performance in the United Kingdom

CEP Trade

Swati Dhingra webpage

Josh De lyon webpage



News Posted: 28/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

Local Government Chronicle

Pay rather than visa system will tackle social care recruitment

Employers are not vocal enough about the need for higher pay, writes Alan Manning, former chair of the government's Migration Advisory Committee and professor of economics aat LSE.


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Local Government Chronicle - Pay rather than visa system will tackle social care recruitment

CEP Community Wellbeing CEP Labour Markets CEP Labour Markets

Alan Manning webpage



News Posted: 21/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Guardian

Domestic abuse calls to London police rise by a tenth during lockdown

An increase in the number of domestic abuse calls to the police during lockdown was largely due to a rise in reports from third parties such as neighbours, rather than from victims, find Dr Ria Ivandić and Professor Tom Kirchmaier.


Related Links:
The Guardian - Domestic abuse calls to London police rise by a tenth during lockdown

Domestic abuse in times of quarantine

CEP Community Wellbeing

Tom Kirchmaier webpage

Ria Ivandic webpage



News Posted: 15/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Telegraph

Social care targets UK jobless as Government closes off migrant recruitment in new points system

Social care companies are starting to tap into the growing pool of potential employees who have lost jobs in the Covid-19 crisis. 

Alan Manning, former Chair of the Government's Migration Advisory Committee, said: "Social care has a range of jobs in it, some of which will be allowed under the new system, but the key job of care assistant will not be under the original plans, we will have to see what they propose, but the really serious problems they have in that sector is they just don't pay competitive pay and other conditions, so plenty of people in the UK are able to do those jobs but they don't want to. So the solution they need to do is find the money to pay those workers properly."


Related Links:
The Telegraph - Social care targets UK jobless as Government closes off migrant recruitment in new points system

CEP Community Wellbeing CEP Labour Markets

Alan Manning webpage



News Posted: 14/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

BBC Two

Newsnight

Interview with Swati Dhingra - industries that have weathered Covid could be hit by Brexit.


Related Links:
BBC Two - Newsnight

Covid-19 and Brexit: contrasting sectoral effects

CEP Trade

Josh De lyon webpage

Swati Dhingra webpage



News Posted: 14/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Economist

Roland Fryer on better alternatives to defunding the police

Using police presence to estimate the impact of police on crime is exceedingly difficult, but has been done in at least one impressive case study.

Using data from the 2005 London terror attacks, Mirko Draca, Stephen Machin and Robert Witt estimated the causal impact of police presence on crime: a 10% increase in total police hours reduces crime by around 3-4%, and when police deployments returned to their pre-attack levels six weeks later, the crime rate rapidly returned to its pre-attack level.


Related Links:
The Economist - Roland Fryer on better alternatives to defunding the police

Panic on the Streets of London: Police, Crime and the July 2005 Terror Attacks

CEP Education and Skills CEP Education and Skills CEP Community Wellbeing

Mirko Draca webpage

Stephen Machin webpage

Robert Witt webpage



News Posted: 10/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Independent

'Screaming and smashing around': Surge in neighbours and family members reporting domestic abuse to police in lockdown

A new study, carried out by the London School of Economics, said police have seen around 380 more domestic violence calls per week on average as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Finding the cause is “almost exclusively” due to a rise in calls from third parties such as neighbours or family members who are not directly witnessing the incident.


Related Links:
The Independent - 'Screaming and smashing around': Surge in neighbours and family members reporting domestic abuse to police in lockdown

CEP Community Wellbeing

Ria Ivandic webpage

Tom Kirchmaier webpage



News Posted: 02/07/2020      [Back to the Top]

Felix Koenig wins the EALE Young Labour Economists Prize 2020

Congratulations to Dr Felix Koenig on winning the 2020 Young Labour Economist Prize from the European Association of Labour Economists (EALE).

The prize was awarded for his CEP discussion paper: Technical Change and Superstar Effects: Evidence from the roll-out of television.

The prize jury described the paper as very innovative saying that it uses the launch of television as a natural experiment for studying superstar effects in the entertainment sector.

The jury said: “The data collection effort, knowledge of the industry and the historical context is very impressive. The identification strategy is very clear and has a strong underlying framework.

“The findings show that the increase in production scalability has profound effects on inequality. In this setting, the share of income going to the top 1% nearly doubles, whereas many workers further down the ‘talent distribution’ end up out of work.

“In this original, well-written paper, Felix shows how great scholarship can contribute to understanding of important contemporary issues.”

Dr Koenig is a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and an incoming assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an associate of the CEP Labour Markets programme.


Related Links:
- Felix Koenig wins the EALE Young Labour Economists Prize 2020

Technical change and superstar effects: evidence from the roll-out of television

CEP Labour Markets

Felix Koenig webpage



News Posted: 30/06/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Independent

Lockdown burnout: Women face mental exhaustion as they juggle childcare, housework and jobs

Professor Barbara Petrongolo talks to the Independent about her research into how women are more likely to deal with homeschooling, childcare and chores around the house, even if they are working.


Related Links:
The Independent - Lockdown burnout: Women face mental exhaustion as they juggle childcare, housework and jobs

Work, care and gender during the Covid-19 crisis

CEP Education and Skills CEP Labour Markets

Claudia Hupkau webpage

Barbara Petrongolo webpage



News Posted: 01/06/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Express

Schools reopening UK: Why school days may be LONGER post-lockdown; SCHOOLS in the UK may reopen with longer days to prevent a "dark age" of low social mobility.

CEP's director Professor Stephen Machin, co-author of the report, Covid-19 and social mobility, notes how: "We need to develop bold policies for now and the longer term to ensure the economic recovery also creates a more socially mobile society that is fairer for all."


Related Links:
The Express - Schools reopening UK: Why school days may be LONGER post-lockdown; SCHOOLS in the UK may reopen with longer days to prevent a "dark age" of low social mobility.

Covid-19 and social mobility

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 29/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Financial Times

Aid for UK self-employed in doubt despite pledge of ‘parity’ with furloughing

A report on self-employed workers mentions the survey conducted by Jack Blundell and Professor Stephen Machin, of the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance, which showed self-employed people had been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 crisis. 


Related Links:
The Financial Times - Aid for UK self-employed in doubt despite pledge of ‘parity’ with furloughing

Self-employment in the Covid-19 crisis

CEP Labour Markets

Jack Blundell webpage

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 28/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Telegraph

Schools need to be open longer to allow 'Covid generation' to catch up after lockdown

Intervention is needed to prevent children entering a 'dark age' of declining social mobility due to social inequalities, says the report Covid-19 and social mobility by Professor Lee Elliot Major and Professor Stephen Machin.


Related Links:
The Telegraph - Schools need to be open longer to allow 'Covid generation' to catch up after lockdown

Covid-19 and social mobility

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 28/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Guardian

Pandemic damages life prospects of all young Britons, report says

The "Covid generation" of under-25s is less likely to fulfil its potential, regardless of background, says the report Covid-19 and social mobility by Professor Lee Elliot Major and Professor Stephen Machin.


Related Links:
The Guardian - Pandemic damages life prospects of all young Britons, report says

Covid-19 and social mobility

CEP Education and Skills

Lee Elliot major webpage

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 28/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Daily Telegraph

The surprising health benefits of the coronavirus lockdown; Despite the gloom, there are reasons to be positive, say Helen Chandler-Wilde and Luke Mintz

"It's not just core relationships that matter, it's also the peripheral ones," says Professor Lord Richard Layard, a happiness researcher at the London School of Economics. "People never look at each other in the street but now some people are." He says that refusing to engage positively with strangers is not a natural way of being.


Related Links:
The Daily Telegraph - The surprising health benefits of the coronavirus lockdown; Despite the gloom, there are reasons to be positive, say Helen Chandler-Wilde and Luke Mintz

When to release the lockdown: A wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits

CEP Wellbeing

Andrew Clark webpage

Jan-Emmanuel De neve webpage

Christian Krekel webpage

Richard Layard webpage

Gus O'donnell webpage



News Posted: 18/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

Independent

Women bearing burden of childcare and homeschooling in lockdown, study finds.

Report on research by Dr Claudia Hupkau and Barbara Petrongolo which suggests the coronavirus outbreak is widening the gender gap in the workplace and at home.


Related Links:
Independent - Women bearing burden of childcare and homeschooling in lockdown, study finds.

Work, care and gender during the Covid-19 crisis

CEP Labour Markets

Claudia Hupkau webpage

Barbara Petrongolo webpage



News Posted: 14/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

TES

Extra teaching needed to plug disadvantage 'chasm'

School closures have cost £1bn per week in lost 'teaching inputs' and extra teaching hours will be needed to help some pupils, finds the study Covid-19 school shutdowns: What will they do to our children's education.


Related Links:
TES - Extra teaching needed to plug disadvantage 'chasm'

Covid-19 school shutdowns: what will they do to our children's education?

CEP Education and Skills CEP Education and Skills

Andrew Eyles webpage

Steve Gibbons webpage

Piero Montebruno webpage



News Posted: 07/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

Independent

A former head of the civil service has warned that Boris Johnson’s “levelling up” agenda is in danger of becoming a casualty of the coronavirus recession.

Speaking to Econ Films’ CoronaNomics show Lord Gus O’Donnell said he feared the impact of the lockdown was undermining the Prime Minister’s ambitions of reducing income and regional inequalities.


Related Links:
Independent - A former head of the civil service has warned that Boris Johnson’s “levelling up” agenda is in danger of becoming a casualty of the coronavirus recession.

When to release the lockdown: A wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits

CEP Wellbeing

Andrew Clark webpage

Jan-Emmanuel De neve webpage

Christian Krekel webpage

Richard Layard webpage

Gus O'donnell webpage



News Posted: 06/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

Hindustan Times

It’s time to refresh old ideas like universal job guarantee

Even in more advanced countries, national statistics have proved inadequate in recording informal workers outside the organised sector, especially the new breed of self-employed and temporary workers in cities. To understand the value of job guarantee to such workers, the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics conducted a survey of over 16,000 individuals in India in 2018. It found that, on average, an urban worker is willing to take a 15% cut in wage to get a guaranteed number of days of work in a year.


Related Links:
Hindustan Times - It’s time to refresh old ideas like universal job guarantee

CEP Trade

Swati Dhingra webpage



News Posted: 05/05/2020      [Back to the Top]

TES

Disadvantaged pupils face six-month 'learning loss'

School closures during the coronavirus lockdown could leave disadvantaged children six months behind their peers, researchers find.


Related Links:
TES - Disadvantaged pupils face six-month 'learning loss'

CEP Education and Skills

Stephen Machin webpage

Lee Elliot major webpage



News Posted: 29/04/2020      [Back to the Top]

Fortune

5 lessons for the coronavirus recovery, from an expert on success and failure in crisis

Richard Davies talks to Fortune magazine about what helps economies recover from extreme shocks, such as the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Related Links:
Fortune - 5 lessons for the coronavirus recovery, from an expert on success and failure in crisis

CEP Growth



News Posted: 26/04/2020      [Back to the Top]

Daily Mail

Ease lockdown from JUNE: Ex-top civil servant Gus O'Donnell says ministers should use 'wellbeing' analysis to allow a Sweden-style 'phased' easing of the coronavirus restrictions by balancing quality of life against the death toll

Former top civil servant Gus O'Donnell urges ministers to use 'wellbeing' analysis to allow a Sweden-style 'phased' easing of the coronavirus lockdown by balancing quality of life against the death toll.


Related Links:
Daily Mail - Ease lockdown from JUNE: Ex-top civil servant Gus O'Donnell says ministers should use 'wellbeing' analysis to allow a Sweden-style 'phased' easing of the coronavirus restrictions by balancing quality of life against the death toll

CEP Wellbeing

Richard Layard webpage

Andrew Clark webpage

Jan-Emmanuel De neve webpage

Christian Krekel webpage

Gus O'donnell webpage



News Posted: 24/04/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Times

Focusing on wellbeing can steer us out of lockdown

Lord Gus O'Donnell writes about new research led by Richard Layard. The paper When to release the lockdown sets out a wellbeing-based framework to analyse the cost and benefits of lifting lockdown restrictions across a range of factors.


Related Links:
The Times - Focusing on wellbeing can steer us out of lockdown

When to release the lockdown: A wellbeing framework for analysing costs and benefits

CEP Wellbeing



News Posted: 24/04/2020      [Back to the Top]

TES

How rocketing unemployment damages children's education

Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela, CEP research economist, writes about how job insecurity during the Covid-19 crisis will dramatically affect education outcomes for the families involved.


Related Links:
TES - How rocketing unemployment damages children's education

CEP Education and Skills

Jenifer Ruiz-valenzuela webpage



News Posted: 17/04/2020      [Back to the Top]

TES

The reputation of apprenticeships is at stake...

...... unless the government steps up and offers immediate funding support to training providers, says academic.

Guglielmo Ventura, CEP research assistant, says the government should give a guarantee to every existing apprentice, that if their firm or training provider goes out of business they can finish their training with an alternative placement.


Related Links:
TES - The reputation of apprenticeships is at stake...

CEP Education and Skills

Guglielmo Ventura webpage



News Posted: 07/04/2020      [Back to the Top]

Bloomberg

How low UK unemployment masked holes exposed by pandemic

Professor Stephen Machin, director of CEP, helps explain how many workers are more vulnerable to the economic fallout from the coronavirus than the record-high employment figures suggest.

"The last 12 years have been characterized by record numbers in jobs, but there are these other dimensions, like very very weak real wage growth," said Stephen Machin, director of the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance. "It seems like people in sectors involved with furloughing or even in less secure positions are going to be in serious trouble."


Related Links:
Bloomberg - How low UK unemployment masked holes exposed by pandemic

CEP Labour Markets

Stephen Machin webpage



News Posted: 06/04/2020      [Back to the Top]

BBC

Digital Planet

How can AI help police forces determine who might be most at risk of domestic abuse? Ria Ivandić talks about work being done at CEP to use existing information to help police prioritise emergency calls.


Related Links:
BBC - Digital Planet

CEP Community Wellbeing

Ria Ivandic webpage



News Posted: 09/03/2020      [Back to the Top]

BBC Radio 4 Analysis

Unequal England

Professor Stephen Machin, director of CEP, and Henry Overman, research director of CEP, contribute to an investigation into the differences in wages and opportunities across the country and why some towns and cities feel left behind. 


Related Links:
BBC Radio 4 Analysis - Unequal England

CEP Community Wellbeing CEP Urban

Stephen Machin webpage

Henry Overman webpage



News Posted: 09/03/2020      [Back to the Top]

National Review

Contra the Skeptics, Trade and Technology Really Do Benefit Most American Workers

Robots and other new technologies change the mix of tasks and jobs, but they do not decrease the overall demand for labor. Automation can replace existing tasks, especially jobs involving routine manual labor, but it also boosts total factor productivity, leading to higher demand and wages for complementary workers and gains for consumers. In a 2018 study, Georg Graetz and Guy Michaels concluded that there was “no significant relationship between the increased use of industrial robots and overall employment.”


Related Links:
National Review - Contra the Skeptics, Trade and Technology Really Do Benefit Most American Workers

Robots at work: the impact on productivity and jobs

CEP Labour Markets

Georg Graetz webpage

Guy Michaels webpage



News Posted: 03/03/2020      [Back to the Top]

New Statesman

The long and winding road to HS3

Transport upgrades are a key part of the Northern Powerhouse strategy, but there is some criticism about how much large-scale public investment in transport can act as a panacea for economic development. Professor Henry Overman talks to the New Statesman about why investing in education should be a higher priority.


Related Links:
New Statesman - The long and winding road to HS3

CEP Urban

Henry Overman webpage



News Posted: 26/02/2020      [Back to the Top]

Financial Times

UK backs restrictions on low-skilled migrants; Conservative government; Ministers say plans are based on aspects of Australia's points system

As part of the new system, the government is expected to drop plans for a salary threshold of £30,000 for applicants. The government immigration adviser, the Migration Advisory Committee, recommended last month that the UK should slash the main salary threshold for workers coming to Britain with a job offer to £25,600 per year after the post-Brexit transition period.

Alan Manning, chairman of the MAC, also said that while it would be possible to introduce a points-based system that allowed people with significant potential but no job offer to apply to come to the UK, the committee had struggled to understand what the government meant by "Australian-style, points based" system and suggested the idea was little more than a slogan.

'The PM stressed that we must demonstrate that the UK is open and welcoming to talent'.


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News Posted: 15/02/2020      [Back to the Top]

TES

Should schools teach students how to be happy?

Teachers are supposed to focus on their pupils' grades, but should their priority be to make students' feel good? Richard Layard tells the TES why these goals are not mutually exclusive.
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News Posted: 07/02/2020      [Back to the Top]

Financial Times

Can We Be Happier? — yes, but it’s not about wealth or GDP

Richard Layard's manifesto for wellbeing is reviewed in the Financial Times.

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News Posted: 06/02/2020      [Back to the Top]

London Review of Books

What’s fair about that?

Adam Swift, professor of political theory at UCL, writes about three books on social mobility: Social Mobility And Its Enemies by Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin, Social Mobility and Education in Britain by Erzsébet Bukodi and John Goldthorpe, and The Class Ceiling: Why it pays to be privileged by Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison.

Social Mobility And Its Enemies, Lee Elliot Major & Stephen Machin, Pelican, October 2018.

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News Posted: 23/01/2020      [Back to the Top]

The Economist

How an obsession with home ownership can ruin the economy

Special report: includes research findings from CEP researchers Paul Cheshire and Christian Hilber [paywall]

INREV THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF HELP TO BUY* Felipe Carozzi London School of Economics & Centre for Economic Performance and Christian A. L. Hilber London School of Economics & Centre for Economic Performance and Xiaolun Yu London School of Economics. September 2019

Video featuring Christian Hilber.

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News Posted: 22/01/2020      [Back to the Top]

BBC

News at Six

Academics at Oxford University and the London School of Economics have been carrying out controlled trials aimed at raising mental well-being among adults. The course run by volunteers from the charity Action for Happiness is being conducted in 19 countries. The results, they say, are "staggering". [23 mins]

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A local community course that raises mental wellbeing and pro-sociality

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News Posted: 20/01/2020      [Back to the Top]

Guardian

Interview - Richard Layard: ‘It's in politicians' self-interest to make policies for happiness’

The economist on the science of happiness - and how it can help us rethink the world.

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News Posted: 19/01/2020      [Back to the Top]

Observer

How to make the world happier – and why it should be our first priority

In this extract from his new book, Richard Layard argues for wellbeing as a political goal as well as a personal one.

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News Posted: 19/01/2020      [Back to the Top]