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Big Ideas

The impact of CEP's research on public policy and debate
The impact of CEP's research on public policy and debate is profound. This is clear from seeing how often our research is quoted in the media and by policy makers.

But the influence of our research ideas is often harder to see in the daily news cycle, as often it enters the DNA of political discourse without reference back to the original work.

In this series of ''Big Ideas'' we survey some of the ways in which CEP's research has had an impact and how this has happened.

To illustrate CEP's impact on public policy and debate, John Van Reenen introduces and presents the first in a series of 'big ideas', surveying the significant research findings that have emerged from the Centre over the past three decades.

Big Ideas: unemployment and welfare to work - by John Van Reenen

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Big ideas: wellbeing and public policy Richard Layard
February 2012
Paper No' CEPCP355:
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CentrePiece 16 (3) Winter 2012


Tags: wellbeing; happiness; public policy

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Big ideas: Innovation Policy John Van Reenen
October 2011
Paper No' CEPCP346:
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CentrePiece 16 (2) Autumn 2011


Tags: r&d; competition; patents; tax system

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Big ideas: How competition improves management and productivity John Van Reenen
June 2011
Paper No' CEPCP340:
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CentrePiece 16 (1) Summer 2011


JEL Classification: L2; M2; O32; O33


Tags: management; productivity; organization

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Big ideas: economic geography Henry Overman
March 2011
Paper No' CEPCP331:
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CentrePiece 15 (3) Winter 2011

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Big ideas: The UK's National Minimum Wage Alan Manning
October 2009
Paper No' CEPCP290:
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CentrePiece 14 (2) Autumn 2009

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Big ideas: education Sandra McNally
June 2009
Paper No' CEPCP279:
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CentrePiece 14 (1) Spring 2009

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Big ideas: intergenerational mobility Jo Blanden
March 2009
Paper No' CEPCP270:
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CentrePiece 13 (3) Winter 2009

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Big ideas: rising wage inequality Stephen Machin
October 2008
Paper No' CEPCP260:
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CentrePiece 13 (2) Autumn 2008

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Big ideas: unemployment and welfare to work John Van Reenen
May 2008
Paper No' CEPCP248:
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CentrePiece 13 (1) Spring 2008