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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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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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Stephen Machin webpage



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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Christian Krekel webpage

Richard Layard webpage



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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Richard Layard webpage



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