Pressure points

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

UpcomingThursday 10 February 2022

Live interactive webinar. Register to receive access link. 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 … Continued

Economy 2030
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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

Economy 2030
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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

Economy 2030
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Labour market

Changing jobs?

How economic change affects the world of work

Thursday 6 January 2022

The labour market has changed substantially over the past 60 years – from fewer factories and more health services, to working with new machines or being replaced by them. In the decade ahead it will change again thanks to Brexit, Covid-19 and the net zero transition. But the relationship between how the labour market as … Continued

Economy 2030
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Jobs
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Labour market

Back to the future

What comes next for the UK’s post-pandemic labour market?

Tuesday 23 November 2021

At the onset of the pandemic, there were widespread concerns about catastrophic levels of unemployment in the face of lockdowns. But extending the furlough scheme has kept a lid on unemployment, while the reopening of the economy this summer has sparked a ‘jobs-rush’. As the UK labour market enters a new phase, it is important … Continued

Economy 2030
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Firms
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Economic growth

Open for business?

Assessing the performance of British firms

Monday 15 November 2021

British firms have had a tumultuous decade – from the financial crisis to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020s brings new challenges as they grapple with post-Brexit trade and regulatory changes, the net zero transition, and improving the UK’s woeful productivity record. But what is the state of British business as it heads into this decisive … Continued

Economy 2030
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Pay
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Economic growth

Gaining from growth

When the economy grows, do wages?

Wednesday 3 November 2021

While GDP is rarely discussed in the pub, the feedthrough from economic growth to higher wages is central to boosting family living standards. And while both pay and wider economic growth have been in short supply in the UK over the past decade, there is growing unease at the sense that these two crucial measures … Continued

Economy 2030

Trading places

What does Brexit mean for the UK’s economic strategy?

Thursday 14 October 2021

The UK’s political and policy debate on trade has become preoccupied with the nuts and bolts of individual trade deals – some real, some imaginary. Meanwhile bigger questions about the future path of the UK economy post-Brexit are ignored. Trade shapes our economic strengths and weaknesses, the jobs we do, and where we do them. … Continued

Economy 2030

Pastures new

Is lower migration the route to a new, higher wage, British economy?

Wednesday 13 October 2021

Lower migration was always going to be a consequence of the vote to leave the European Union and Covid-19 has accelerated that change. The short term results include empty petrol stations and supermarkets’ warning of a Turkey-less Christmas. But wages are also rising fast for HGV drivers and the Prime Minister now insists that weaning … Continued

Economy 2030
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Net Zero

The carbon crunch?

Delivering the next phase of the Net Zero transition

Thursday 30 September 2021

Over the course of the 2020s, the UK will embark on the crucial next phase of the transition toward a Net Zero economy. This will touch our lives and livelihoods like never before, as we decarbonise how we travel and heat our homes. And with COP 26 starting in Glasgow in little over a months’ … Continued

Economy 2030
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Economic growth

From boom to bust and back again

200 years of economic change across Britain

Thursday 2 September 2021

Book launch for ‘Two hundred years of muddling through’ by Duncan Weldon The UK is facing a decisive decade of change, responding to the triple shocks of Brexit, Covid-19 and the transition to Net Zero. But this is not the first time Britain has faced such a radical upheaval. From industrial revolutions and the rise … Continued

Economy 2030

A decisive decade for British business

In conversation with Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng

Tuesday 22 June 2021

Having suffered the biggest economic contraction in 300 years, the UK economy is back on the road to recovery. But the Covid recovery is just one of many huge economic shifts confronting British businesses over the next decade as the country embarks on a new future outside the EU, faces an urgent transition towards a … Continued

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