Top of the Charts: Expanding grades and shrinking tax takes

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Morning all, Thanks for your patience while TOTCs wandered off last week. Having entirely ignored the news, returning to sausage wars headlines on Monday was an unwelcome surprise. They speak to a serious national decline. Not in terms of what it means for Global Britain’s G7 relaunch, but because it shows our once great press … Continued

Poor neighbourhoods, powerful firms and missing research on race

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Afternoon all, Heavily emotionally conflicted this week. On the plus side is the news that the sun does in fact exist. But the combination of self-isolating after a Covid contact (tests all negative fear not) and Dominic Cummings’ omni-dumping on the Government inevitably drags you back to the traumas of last year – before the … Continued

A decade of huge economic change

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Afternoon all, Here’s a thing: we increasingly don’t like economic change, but there’s quite a lot of it coming – in part because we’ve chosen it. This week’s TOTC special digs into this paradox, which is part of the motivation for The Economy 2030 Inquiry we and LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance have just launched. … Continued

Lessons from Radical Kiwis and Social Democratic Yanks

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, Some big, if not particularly original, news. I’m off to get vaccinated the second TOTCs leaves my inbox to arrive in yours. Obviously excited about the whole lower risk of infection thing, but the main thrill is to discover that there is … Continued

The economics of elections, mental health and LGBTQ issues

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Afternoon all, Turns out David Cameron had a cunning plan. Calling and losing a Brexit referendum may have cost him his job, but it’s proved electoral mana for the party he left behind. It’s hard to imagine a wedge issue that would quite so neatly turbo-charge England’s decades long political realignment. And do so in … Continued

Counting hours, insuring incomes and mourning economists

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Morning all, It’s been a difficult week for some of us, realising that we’ve somehow not managed to bag a second job with Greensill when it turned out they were handing out cash to any Tom, Dick or Harry (it does appear to all be men). To get … Continued

Bold moves for Chess, infrastructure and (electoral) wall painting

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Afternoon all, TOTCs is back from a pleasant Easter break – it was nice to get away stay home, living the lockdown dream (hopefully for the last time). In retrospect it was a basic error not to have snaffled parenting duties for next week given that’s when the whole country will actually be celebrating something rising … Continued

National Living Wage anniversary special

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Morning all, Top of the Charts is taking a short break this week for Easter. But we couldn’t let the week go without sending a single chart because today is a special day for the Resolution Foundation and, more importantly, millions of low earners across Britain. It marks the fifth anniversary of the introduction of … Continued

Lockdown anniversary special: The 12-month stretch

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Morning all, A year ago we were encouraged to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives, as the country went into its first full lockdown. I doubt any of us thought we’d be celebrating the anniversary of that moment in yet another … Continued

Closing pubs, expanding unions, and the Wakefield renaissance

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, The ONS like to get us all up at 7am these days for new stats. Which is nice of them. Ironically for those of us forced to get up, this morning’s batch told us that January was a month for doing less. The … Continued

The Spring Budget special

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, The schools are mainly closed, but there is still an ‘end of term’ feel in the RF virtual office. Happy coincidence means the Budget, a big driver of our workload/sleep deprivation, is done exactly as water torture home schooling draws to a close. The … Continued

Inflation, inequality and the inside truth on private care homes

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, Happy pre-Budget weekend. Good luck to the sub-set of you beavering away on finalising it – I hope you’ll be returning the kind thoughts when the Resolution Foundation is up all Wednesday night analysing whatever you’ve dreamt up. We basically know what … Continued

Employed drivers, economic humility, and robust receipts

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, The kids are quite excited about this rover landing on Mars thing – especially the looking for signs of life bit. Which is odd given that you have to look pretty hard for signs of life outside our front door right now. … Continued

Zoomshocks, hot economists and the luck of the Irish…

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, Expectations matter it turns out. If you’d told anyone this time last year the economy would shrink by 10 per cent in 2020 they’d have predicted riots on the streets, but today’s stats confirming 2020 saw the worst annual performance in 300 years have … Continued

Forming cartels and finding jobs

Top of the Charts 'Hidden gems' round-up: January 2021

The latest from Resolution Foundation Chief Executive Torsten Bell’s weekly Observer column, Hidden gems from the world of research and academia. Read more of the latest economics and policy research in our weekly reading email, Top of the Charts.   Don’t feel guilty about playing video games, it might land you a job You’ve all been playing … Continued

Chess games, Touchscreens and the Chancellor’s challenge

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, Good to have some more vaccine-related good news for a Friday, via the Novavax effectiveness study. The only downside is that being told the jabs are 89 per cent effective is a recipe for making me feel bad about my own 8.9 … Continued

Wages, war bonds and winning interview techniques

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Sign up for our weekly Top of the Charts reading email Afternoon all, Donald Trump is back on the golf course, the US is signing up to Paris, and the QAnon loons have realised something is up. Nature is healing, albeit after the political equivalent of a nuclear winter. Here the currently peaking daily death … Continued

Biden, Brexit and the borrowing blues

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Afternoon all, This morning brought news that UK economic output shrank 2.6 per cent in November, leaving it still 8.5 per cent below pre-pandemic levels. Output is almost certainly falling again now, but luckily as GDP goes down vaccinations are swiftly going up and indications are the government is doing a good job of further ramping … Continued

Fast-talking Italians and sailing to a green future

Top of the Charts 'Hidden gems' round-up: December 2020

The latest from Resolution Foundation Chief Executive Torsten Bell’s weekly Observer column, Hidden gems from the world of research and academia. Read more of the latest economics and policy research in our weekly reading email, Top of the Charts.   Renewable energy’s plummeting price should put the wind in our sails It’s been a good week on … Continued

Getting Britain towards a zero-carbon, zero-destitution economy

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Afternoon all, And no, I haven’t got a clue what’s going on either. Well, that’s not quite right, given it’s pretty clear what’s going on is a colossal failure by us and the EU to sort something in both of our economic and geo-political interests. But I’ve got no clue where this mess ends up. … Continued

Muddy charts and the silencing of grief

Top of the Charts 'Hidden gems' round-up: November 2020

The latest from Resolution Foundation Chief Executive Torsten Bell’s weekly Observer column, Hidden gems from the world of research and academia. Read more of the latest economics and policy research in our weekly reading email, Top of the Charts.   Vanity number plates are now status symbols not to be sneered at We humans care about social … Continued

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