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CEP Election Analysis

[Ballot Box]Objective, brief and non-technical, CEP Election Analysis is a series of background briefings on the UK government's record since 1997.

This series discusses the research evidence on some of the UK's key policy battlegrounds, including macroeconomic policy, immigration, health, education, crime, poverty and inequality, labour market policy, regional policy, energy and the environment, financial regulation and bankers' bonuses, foreign aid., and most recently, an analysis of the Scottish Referendum.

These analyses are provided by some of our expert researchers and draw on some of our past and current research.

We will try to answer enquiries relating to this work whenever possible. Press inquiries to Romesh Vaitilingam (Tel: 07768-661095 Email: romesh@vaitilingam.com), or Helen Durrant (Tel: 020 7955 7395 Email: h.durrant@lse.ac.uk)

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Papers listed most recent first. Authors listed in alphabetical order, unless otherwise specified.

A New Priority for Mental Health
Richard  Layard,  May 2015
Paper No' CEPEA035: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
#ElectionEconomics: The Research Evidence on Key Issues for Voters in the 2015 UK General Election
Ghazala  Azmat,  Brian  Bell,  Jonathan  Colmer,  Antoine  Dechezleprêtre,  Swati  Dhingra,  Christian  Hilber,  Stephen  Machin,  Alan  Manning,  Ralf  Martin,  Alistair  McGuire,  Sandra  McNally,  Gianmarco  Ottaviano,  Henry  Overman,  Isabelle  Roland,  Thomas  Sampson,  Anna  Valero,  John  Van Reenen,  Jonathan  Wadsworth,  Gill  Wyness,  Gabriel  Zucman,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA034: Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf) | Executive Summary (pdf)
UK Housing and Planning Policies: the evidence from economic research
Christian  Hilber,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA033: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Energy and the Environment: a cold climate for climate change policies?
Jonathan  Colmer,  Antoine  Dechezleprêtre,  Ralf  Martin,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA032: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Fighting Crime: Can the Police do more with less?
Brian  Bell,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA031: Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Inequality: Are we really 'all in this together'?
Gabriel  Zucman,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA030: Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Top Rate of Income Tax
Alan  Manning,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA029: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Health: How Will the NHS Fare in a Cold Climate?
Alistair  McGuire,  John  Van Reenen,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA028: Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Gender Gaps in the UK Labour Market: jobs, pay and family-friendly policies
Ghazala  Azmat,  April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA027: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Paying for Higher Education
Gill  Wyness,  March 2015
Paper No' CEPEA026: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
The Economic Performance of UK Cities: Can Urban and Regional Policy Make a Difference to the North-South Divide
Henry  Overman,  March 2015
Paper No' CEPEA025: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Real Wages and Living Standards
Stephen  Machin,  March 2015
Paper No' CEPEA024: Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Schools: The Evidence on Academies, Resources and Pupil Performance
Sandra  McNally,  March 2015
Paper No' CEPEA023: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Should We Stay or Should We Go? The economic consequences of leaving the EU
Swati  Dhingra,  Gianmarco I. P.  Ottaviano,  Thomas  Sampson,  March 2015
Paper No' CEPEA022: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Productivity and Business Policies
Isabelle  Roland,  Anna  Valero,  March 2015
Paper No' CEPEA021: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Austerity: Growth Costs and Post-Election Plans
John  Van Reenen,  March 2015
Paper No' CEPEA020: View Video | Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Immigration and the UK Labour Market
Jonathan  Wadsworth,  February 2015
Paper No' CEPEA019: Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
The Scottish Referendum: Breaking Up is Hard – and expensive - to Do
John  Van Reenen,  September 2014
Paper No' CEPEA018: Read Abstract | Full Paper (pdf)
Paper copy now out of print.
CEP Election Analysis 2010 - The complete Series, discussing research on some of the key policy battlegrounds of the 2010 General Election
April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA017: Full Paper (pdf)

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Climate Change: Consensus on the Long-Run Targets - But Will We Get Policies that Deliver?
Ralf  Martin,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA016: Full Paper (pdf)

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Inequality: Still Higher, But Labour's Policies Kept it Down
Stephen  Machin,  John  Van Reenen,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA015: Full Paper (pdf)

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Urban Renewal and Regional Growth: Muddled Objectives and Mixed Progress
Henry  Overman,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA014: Full Paper (pdf)

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Macroeconomics and Public Finances: The worst is yet to come
Tom  Cunningham,  Ethan  Ilzetzki,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA013: Full Paper (pdf)

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Jobs and Youth Unemployment: It's bad, but not as bad as you might think
Barbara  Petrongolo,  John  Van Reenen,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA012: Full Paper (pdf)

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Financial Regulation: Can We Avoid Another Great Recession?
Luis  Garicano,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA011: Full Paper (pdf)

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Bankers' Bonuses
Brian  Bell,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA010: Full Paper (pdf)

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Health: Higher Spending has Improved Quality, But Productivity Must Increase
Zack  Cooper,  Alistair  McGuire,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA009: Full Paper (pdf)

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Evaluating Education Policies: The Evidence from Economic Research
Sandra  McNally,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA008: Full Paper (pdf)

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Reducing Crime: More Police, More Prisons or More Pay?
Olivier  Marie,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA007: Full Paper (pdf)

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Immigration and the UK Labour Market: The Evidence from Economic Research
Jonathan  Wadsworth,  April 2010
Paper No' CEPEA006: Full Paper (pdf)

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Immigration: The Evidence from Economic Research
Jonathan  Wadsworth,  April 2005
Paper No' CEPEA005: Full Paper (pdf)
Life Opportunities: The Evidence on the UK’s Declining Social Mobility
Jo  Blanden,  April 2005
Paper No' CEPEA004: Full Paper (pdf)
Macroeconomic Assessment: Interest Rates, Taxes and Spending
Christopher  Crowe,  April 2005
Paper No' CEPEA003: Full Paper (pdf)
Reducing Crime: More Police, More Prisons or More Pay?
Olivier  Marie,  April 2005
Paper No' CEPEA002: Full Paper (pdf)
Health Care: Evidence on the Impact of Increased Spending and Patient Choice
Alistair  McGuire,  John  Van Reenen,  April 2005
Paper No' CEPEA001: Full Paper (pdf)
Welfare to Work: The Evidence on Labour’s New Deal Policies
John  Van Reenen,  April 2005
Paper No' CEPEA000: Full Paper (pdf)