The Living Standards Outlook 2018

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Incomes and Inequality

In this report, our first dedicated Living Standards Outlook, we explore the prospects for household incomes and inequalities over the next five years. Our annual Living Standards Audit, due to be published in the summer, will focus on historical trends in living standards. This report projects forwards the real spending power of typical households and the distribution … Continued

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Cross countries: international comparisons of intergenerational trends

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Incomes and Inequality, Intergenerational Commission

This report explores the extent to which the UK’s generational living standards challenge is replicated in other high-income economies, focusing on trends in household income and experiences in the labour and housing markets. We look at the shared backdrop to these trends across advanced economies: demography – the fiscal challenges posed by falling birth rates … Continued

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An unhealthy interest? Debt distress and the consequences of raising rates

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Housing, Wealth and Debt

Standing at nearly £1.9 trillion, UK household debt remains a big issue. It is one that has very real and very obvious relevance for those families having to meet repayment commitments. But it is one that has macroeconomic implications too: the debt hangover that has endured over the past decade has undoubtedly hampered the UK’s … Continued

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Choices, choices… Why do firms use agency workers?

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

In December 2017 we commissioned ComRes to survey 500 human resources decision makers in UK private sector firms that hire agency workers. This report explores the results, and busts some myths about why firms choose to use agency workers.

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A welfare generation: lifetime welfare transfers between generations

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Intergenerational Commission, Tax and Welfare

This research paper looks at what people put in and take out from the welfare state over their lifetime, updating John Hills’ seminal research on life-cycle welfare transfers between generations. It estimates the extent to which past and future cohorts contribute to the welfare state via taxation and withdraw from its core pillars – education, … Continued

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