Demographics
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Intergenerational Centre
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Political parties and elections

New age or age-old appeal

How different generations view the parties and issues that will determine the General Election

Wednesday 7 February 2024

In recent decades age has replaced class as one of the key determinants of a voter’s values and voting behaviour. But these trends never sit still, especially as issues – from Europe to the environment, and the economy – rise and fall in terms of their electoral salience. We know that the next election will … Continued

Ending Stagnation

A New Economic Strategy for Britain

Monday 4 December 2023

The final report of The Economy 2030 Inquiry The UK has great strengths, but is a decade and a half into a period of stagnation. The combination of slow growth and high inequality is proving toxic for low- and middle-income Britain. The result is a country falling behind its peers, where taxes, rather than wages, … Continued

Demographics
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Intergenerational Centre

War or peace?

How the public views Britain’s generational strains – and the policy responses to them

Wednesday 13 September 2023

There is overwhelming evidence that Britain’s social contract is under strain. Young people today aren’t enjoying big generational living standards improvements, and are struggling to match lifecycle milestones that previous cohorts enjoyed, like a secure job and a home that they own. These problems are widely recognised – but that doesn’t mean that solutions are … Continued

Demographics
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Intergenerational Centre

Making your voice heard?

How different generations participate in politics

Thursday 30 March 2023

Part of the ESRC funded Connecting Generations Thought Leader series. The political context in which people grow up can play a hugely influential role in how that age cohort participate in democracy. From the dominance of different political parties and prevalence of strikes and protests, to the distribution of information and ideas through social media, the … Continued

Wealth booms and debt burdens

How Britain’s recent economic history and outlook affects different generations

Wednesday 11 January 2023

Part of the ESRC funded Connecting Generations Thought Leader series. The financial crisis is largely considered to have increased inequalities between generations, with rising public debt leading to higher taxes for future generations, while the gains from rising asset prices have been accrued by older generations. Private intergenerational wealth transfers have grown – notably through … Continued

Demographics
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Macroeconomic policy

Demographic destiny?

How age, race, gender and class shape our economy

Monday 17 October 2022

People’s characteristics can shape many aspects of their lives, including their economic lives – from where they shop and live, the assets they hold – and the jobs they do. These impacts filter through to the shape of a country’s economy – with knock-on effects for government spending, interest rates, wealth and longer-term growth. Attempts to achieve widely shared … Continued

Demographics
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Political parties and elections

The Generation Strain

How can a Conservative Government offer a brighter economic future for young and old?

Sunday 2 October 2022

Resolution Foundation fringe event at Conservative Party Conference 2022.  The pandemic triggered an exodus of older workers from the labour market, while the economic stagnation that Liz Truss has vowed to address has meant that eight million young people in Britain today have never experienced a period sustained rising wages. We will discuss how both young … Continued

Demographics
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Labour market

The new NEETs?

Understanding the changing nature of youth worklessness

Monday 13 June 2022

High levels of young people not in employment, education or training was a major social and economic concern in the 1990s. Decades of concerted policy action to reduce numbers across Britain has seen the scale of the problem shrink, but it has not gone away. Under the positive headlines, some forms of worklessness are on … Continued

Covid-19
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Demographics
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Intergenerational Centre

Boomers and boomerangs

The past and pandemic present of multi-generational living

Monday 21 June 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has had huge impacts on young people. Many have been furloughed, while others have lost their job or been unable to find one in the first place. And everyone has heard stories about how coping with these difficulties has seen many young people return to live with their parents. So-called ‘boomerangs’, opting … Continued

Ageing fast, ageing slow

When Britain’s geography and demography collide

Monday 28 October 2019

Britain is getting older. Life expectancy is rising and, with Britain’s large post-war baby boomer generation now moving into retirement, a growing proportion of our population are pensioners. But not all parts of Britain are ageing at the same pace, and some are actually getting younger. These major demographic differences between places are profoundly important … Continued

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