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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 Prof 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.


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

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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.

Research suggests coronavirus outbreak is widening gender gap in workplace and home.


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

Work, care and gender during the Covid-19 crisis

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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, study finds.


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TES - Extra teaching needed to plug disadvantage 'chasm'

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

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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.


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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

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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.


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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.


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TES - Disadvantaged pupils face six-month 'learning loss'

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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. 


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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.


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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.


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

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

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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.


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TES - How rocketing unemployment damages children's education

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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.


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TES - The reputation of apprenticeships is at stake...

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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."


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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.


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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. 


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BBC Radio 4 Analysis - Unequal England

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News Posted: 09/03/2020      [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.


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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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Social Mobility

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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]