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

Losing boots, gaining debts, and handing it all over to the grandkids

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Afternoon all, And happy “science is good” week to everyone. We’ve got vaccines being certified and protein structures getting determined – which all sounds very impressive. But the onward march of technology brings challenges too. This week saw retail reopen its doors but Arcadia and Debenhams on course to close theirs forever. So this week’s … Continued

Spending Review Special

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Morning all, We started the week learning that we could all drive home for Christmas but ended it with fears for tiers confirmed across parts of the country, from Maidstone to Manchester. To be honest we haven’t got much Christmas prep/tiny turkey hunting done yet, with this week wiped out by examining the Chancellor’s new … Continued

New jobs, lazy kids, and trouble in the French supermarket

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Afternoon all, I can’t quite tell which bits of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn is and isn’t in these days, while the line appears to be that Priti Patel is a bully but not an intentional one (whatever that means). At least this style of facing both ways on personnel decisions is in no way … Continued

Old pandemics, new taxes and the return of being tired of experts

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Afternoon all, I’m a little confused. Lee Cain was definitely offered Boris’ Chief of Staff job, but resigned. Dominic Cumming has most definitely not resigned, but will be leaving Downing Street before Christmas. It’s almost like some people think that reality is shaped by the words you say, rather than what you actually do. That … Continued

Big bungs and job-boosting elections

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Afternoon all, It’s been a big week for decision taking. The US (probably) isn’t giving Trump four more years (🤞), but the UK has given the Job Retention Scheme four more months. UK politics nerds are horrified by it taking three days plus to count some ballots (while being secretly thrilled at the excuse to keep watching … Continued

Green taxes and time-wasting filing

Top of the Charts 'Hidden gems' round-up: October 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.   Protect the poor from being penalised by carbon taxes In those glorious pre-pandemic days we only had … Continued

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