Don’t believe the hype: work, robots, history

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This project was undertaken as part of the Historians in Residence programme, which is based at King’s College, London. The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Resolution Foundation. This project seeks to explore the historical development of digital technology in the UK … Continued

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Unequal results: improving and reconciling the UK’s household income statistics

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Although GDP, employment and average earnings are (rightly) key economic barometers, household incomes and inequalities are indispensable measures of living standards. Indeed, there has been increased recognition across the world of the need for economic statistics to give more emphasis to the distribution of growth as well as averages. Household survey data has proven invaluable for assessing the challenges … Continued

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How unequal is the UK – and should we care?

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David Willetts’s slides from the Royal Statistical Society Cathie Marsh Lecture, exploring recent trends in UK living standards and inequality, specifically inequality between generations and between graduates and non-graduates. The slides also explore attitudes to inequality. 

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Consuming forces: generational living standards measured through household consumption

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Incomes and Inequality, Intergenerational Commission

This report, which has been prepared by the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University and the Resolution Foundation for the Intergenerational Commission, sheds further light on living standards across generations by considering levels and patterns of expenditure for working-age households in detail. It uses surveys of household spending to explore how actual … Continued

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Diverse outcomes: living standards by ethnicity

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This briefing note looks at how typical household incomes have differed by ethnicity, given that around one fifth of the population self-report their ethnicity as something other than White British. While not an attempt to offer comprehensive analysis, we also explore some of the causes, including differences in the labour market, pointing to the need … Continued

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The living standards audit 2017

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In this report we provide the first comprehensive look at the living standards of UK households in the year leading up to the 2017 general election, as well as a detailed look at the trends in living standards over the previous two decades. The years since the financial crisis have been far from an easy … Continued

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