Have we lost our bouncebackability?

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Public Finances and the Economy

In the light of latest OBR forecasts and the 2014 Budget, this paper considers where anticipated growth can come from. In the absence of widely-shared wage growth, can the UK economy grow above trend without a surge in credit? Or, must we resign ourselves to a period of subdued recovery?

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Growth up, wages down: something has to give

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Public Finances and the Economy

In Growth up, wages down we consider the relationship between growth, consumption, investment, incomes and earnings in order to ascertain just how far wage growth might need to rise in order to set the economy back on track. For the purposes of illustration we consider the magnitude of wage growth that might be required to return GDP … Continued

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2015 – The living standards election?

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Public Finances and the Economy

The electorate is broadly split over whether, come the next general election, it will still be possible for the government of the day to ensure steadily rising living standards. This analysis, ‘2015- the living standards election?’, gives a unique insight into what voters think that politicians can – and can’t – promise to achieve at … Continued

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Sizing the UK ‘Jobs Gap’

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

The UK is more than 800,000 jobs short of the amount it would need to restore employment rates to those seen before the recession, a study from independent think tank the Resolution Foundation has found. While the number of people in employment had climbed by 160,000 since 2008 to nearly 30 million, this positive news … Continued

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The squeezed middle: The pressure on ordinary workers in America and Britain

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Incomes and Inequality

As wages stagnate but living costs keep rising, the pressure on working people grows more intense. The issue of living standards has become one of the most urgent challenges for politicians in both Britain and America. ‘The squeezed middle’ brings together experts from both sides of the Atlantic to ask what the UK can learn … Continued

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On borrowed time? Dealing with household debt in an era of stagnant incomes

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Housing, Wealth and Debt

On borrowed time? examines how and why household debt grew in the pre-crisis years, before turning to study the current scale and distribution of exposure to debt across households. Finally, the report looks at the link between household debt and prospects for economic growth, setting out a range of broad policy considerations that will frame our … Continued

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