All change please?

What going for growth could mean for different places across Britain

UpcomingTuesday 7 June 2022

Register to attend in person or receive access link for remote viewers. After a decade of stagnation and many decades of persistent regional economic divides, the task of securing a brighter economic future for a wider range of places is now up in lights. It’s an ambition that resonates with the public too, and if … Continued

Chatting to Chancellors

Book launch for The Chancellors' Tales by Howard Davies, featuring former Chancellor George Osborne

UpcomingMonday 30 May 2022

Register to attend in person or receive access link for remote viewers. The nature of British economic policy, and the Treasury’s role in directing it, have ebbed and flowed over the past 25 years. Monetary policy was ceded to the Bank of England in 1997, but the Treasury then extended its grip over domestic policy. … Continued

Economy 2030

Raising the bar

What are the new frontiers for tackling low pay?

UpcomingWednesday 25 May 2022

Register to attend in person or receive access link for remote viewers. Over the past two decades, Britain’s low pay landscape has been transformed by the introduction and ramping up of the national minimum wage. This has been an unqualified policy success, so much so that the government is on course to eliminate hourly low … Continued

Green growth: miracle or mirage?

How might cutting down carbon give the UK economy a cutting-edge?

Monday 23 May 2022

The UK’s net zero transition represents a major challenge for the UK, but also a major opportunity if we get it right. Many argue it could see the UK utilising its existing economic strengths to lead the way in cutting edge clean technology – creating jobs and new export opportunities. But with other countries holding … Continued

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Labour market
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Skills

From platforms to promotions

How technology can boost young people’s career prospects

Wednesday 18 May 2022

The way young people enter the job market from education can have a marked effect on their future prospects. Economic crises are a particularly tough time to start a career, and while the Job Retention Scheme prevented mass unemployment during the pandemic, young people still face huge challenges in terms of rising insecurity and finding … Continued

Whose economy?

Exploring people’s experiences as workers, consumers and citizens

Wednesday 11 May 2022

We all experience the economy in a myriad of different ways – from the jobs we do, to the things we buy and the communities we live in. The good, the bad and the ugly of those experiences are important considerations, not just for individual economic policy decisions, but in setting the objectives of our … Continued

Taking the right path

Where does monetary policy go in a low rate, high inflation, unstable economic environment?

Monday 9 May 2022

The Resolution Foundation and the Money, Macro and Finance Society are co-hosting a new series of events to dive into the big economic challenges we face as we recover from the pandemic and come to terms with the new world we now face. Internationally renowned economists and policymakers will discuss those challenges – from the … Continued

From Covid to conflict

New economic policy challenges for an uncertain world

Thursday 28 April 2022

Register to attend in person or receive access link for remote viewers. The worst of the Covid-19 pandemic may be behind us. But new challenges have emerged. From rising inflation squeezing incomes across the world, to the biggest conflict in Europe since WWII, the economic landscape facing policy makers is as daunting as ever. How … Continued

Together we stand, divided we fall?

Is multilateral policy making equipped for the global economic challenges we face?

Thursday 28 April 2022

The Resolution Foundation and the Money, Macro and Finance Society are co-hosting a new series of events to dive into the big economic challenges we face as we recover from the pandemic and come to terms with the new world we now face. Internationally renowned economists and policymakers will discuss those challenges – from the … Continued

Economy 2030

Advantage Britain?

Understanding the country’s economic strengths

Thursday 28 April 2022

Policy makers often focus on addressing a country’s economic weaknesses. But understanding Britain’s current, or likely future, economic strengths is equally important if our recent relative economic decline is to be put into reverse. Failing to recognise those strengths, or even actively disparaging them, undermines our prosperity but also risks us ignoring the specific challenges … Continued

Event: waiting for Spring

Waiting for spring

Assessing the Chancellor’s Spring Statement

Thursday 24 March 2022

Britain entered 2022 with a recovery resilient to Omicron and tax revenues coming in billions higher than expected. But good news on the public finances has been matched by troubling news for family finances as inflation soared and living standards have been squeezed. The conflict in Ukraine has further clouded the UK’s economic outlook, as … Continued

Bidenomics

Lessons for the UK

Tuesday 15 March 2022

Speech by Jared Bernstein, Member of the Council for Economic Advisors under President Biden, with response by Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves Joe Biden came into office with an ambitious economic plan for building back American prosperity after the pandemic – with policy objectives ranging from the renewal of infrastructure and greater childcare support, to more … Continued

Catch 2022

What does the end of a global pandemic and the start of a European conflict mean for Britain’s economic outlook?

Monday 14 March 2022

The end of the Covid economic crisis is finally in sight. But it has swiftly been replaced by a terrifying conflict in Europe that threatens lives in Ukraine and livelihoods far beyond its borders. The UK’s immediate post-Covid economy thankfully doesn’t include the lengthy dole queues that normally follow a recession. But it instead faces … Continued

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Economy 2030

The office strikes back

Can post-pandemic remote working solve our productivity challenge?

Thursday 10 March 2022

Book launch for The Nowhere Office by Julia Hobsbawm. Office work has had a mixed reception in recent decades, aiding team work but accused of driving our stress up and productivity down. The onset of the pandemic has triggered a workplace revolution as remote working surged and employers learnt workers can be trusted to work … Continued

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Skills
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Tax

Fees-ible reforms?

Assessing the Government’s new plan for higher education

Wednesday 9 March 2022

The UK’s universities are highly regarded abroad, but are controversial at home. While increasing participation has boosted people’s skills and their social mobility prospects, ‘edusceptics’ worry that too many people are attending university, and about the funding of the growth through fees and loans. Meanwhile the number of young people going to higher education continues … Continued

Crunch time

The Living Standards Outlook for 2022

Tuesday 8 March 2022

The good news is that Britain is finally stepping out of the pandemic. The bad news is that it is stepping straight into a renewed living standards squeeze which, according to the latest Bank of England forecasts, could be the tightest one in generations. Prices, bills and taxes are all going up, and wages aren’t … Continued

Economy 2030

Consuming carbon

What does the net zero transition mean for households?

Tuesday 1 March 2022

So far, the UK’s Net Zero strategy has caused minimal visible upheaval to people’s day-to-day lives. During the 2020s, however, emissions will need to be cut in ways that require real change for households – from minimising flights and meat consumption, to switching to electric vehicles and heat pumps. These bring opportunities to improve our … Continued

Economy 2030

Disruption nation

How economic and political change has shaped our world

Wednesday 23 February 2022

Book launch for Disorder: Hard Times in the 21st Century by Helen Thompson The 21st century has witnessed huge shocks across the world, with far-reaching consequences for our economies and democracies. But this should not come as a surprise, as unresolved issues – from energy and trade, to growth and migration – have been accumulating … Continued

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Firms
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Economic growth

A firm solution?

How businesses can rise to the challenges facing Britain in this decisive decade

Monday 21 February 2022

Speech by the Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership Sharon White Britain is facing a decisive decade of economic change as technological change combines with Covid, Brexit and the rapid transition towards a net zero economy. These challenges are set against a backdrop of rapid demographic shifts, and a legacy of low productivity and high … Continued

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Migration

On the road

How will post-Brexit migration changes change Britain?

Thursday 17 February 2022

Migration has been centre stage in economic debates this century. For some higher migration is the root cause of Britain’s low pay, low productivity challenges, while for others it is the answer to labour and skill shortages. The Prime Minister argues lower migration is the route to the UK having a higher wage future. The … Continued

Pressure points

Why the state is getting bigger and what we do about it

Thursday 10 February 2022

The UK that exits the pandemic has a bigger state than the one that went into it. The 2020s will bring further pressure for the state to grow or our tax revenues to shrink, including from our ageing society and net zero ambitions. But previous approaches to responding to such pressure – from shrinking the … Continued

Family fortunes

How intergenerational giving is changing us

Thursday 3 February 2022

Inheritances have always been used to give relatives a financial boost. But they look set to be a growing part of 21st Century Britain as household wealth booms, particularly for older cohorts. This brings with it change for younger people, whose lifetime living standards may increasingly be shaped by the inheritances or gifts they receive … Continued

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Brexit & trade
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Globalisation

Pivot Pivot!

Assessing the UK’s new Indo-Pacific trade focus

Wednesday 26 January 2022

The UK’s exit from the EU has given it the freedom to pursue an independent trade strategy for the first time in four decades. To date, post-Brexit trade debate has focused on lost access to EU markets, roll-over deals preserving the status quo, and a lack of progress with the US. But the start of … Continued

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Welfare

Beyond Beveridge

Have social security shifts prepared us for economic change?

Wednesday 19 January 2022

The modern welfare state is approaching its 75th anniversary, but continual reforms and wider economic change mean that it bears little resemblance to the system first envisaged by William Beveridge. And it faces new challenges, with Covid, Brexit and net zero – coupled with rapid demographic and technological change – set to reshape our economy … Continued

New year, old pandemic

Assessing the politics, economics and epidemiology of 2022

Thursday 13 January 2022

With Omicron cases the only thing rising faster than energy bills, 2022 is off to a difficult start. The pandemic and cost of living pressures will continue to dominate political and economic debates through 2022, but what that means for strains on the NHS and family budgets, or volatile GDP and poll ratings, is hugely … Continued

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