• UPCOMING EVENTS

Ready for the next recession? Assessing the UK’s macroeconomic framework

Monday 9 September 2019

Public Finances and the Economy

The UK economy is facing its highest risk of recession since 2007, as Brexit uncertainty and global instability loom large. When the next downturn will arrive is impossible to say, but now is a good time to ensure that we are ready to respond. Crucially the world has moved on since we last prepared our … Continued

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Tough enough? Enforcing Britain’s labour market rules

Monday 16 September 2019

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Workers across Britain have a multitude of rights at work – from the minimum wage to maximum hours. But, despite receiving far too little attention, it is labour market enforcement that is essential to turn those rights into a reality. How effective is Britain’s labour market enforcement regime? What breaches of labour standards are most common? Does … Continued

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Structurally unsound: Tackling embedded social inequality in the UK

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Incomes and Inequality

While modern Britain is a more inclusive and open society than once it was, a myriad of structural inequalities persist. These inequalities – covering race, gender, class, sexuality and health – are not always obvious, but they are embedded in our society and in our institutions in a way that fundamentally tilts the balance against … Continued

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Grey(t) Britain: lessons for an ageing society

Thursday 2 May 2019

Britain is undergoing a dramatic demographic shift. The combination of rising life expectancy and the transition of the baby boomer generation into retirement means that the country has a record share of pensioners, which will continue to grow over the coming decades. Longer living is arguably the best hallmark of human progress, but it does … Continued

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Living standards across Britain: the 700-year view

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Incomes and Inequality

Sometimes it’s good to step back from the short-term economic noise and take a long view – a very long view. Because while changes in living standards are driven by the economic cycle, and policy changes, they are also wider driven by wider economic shifts that play out over decades, rather than months and years. What have … Continued

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Old answers to new questions? The future of social housing in the UK

Monday 8 April 2019

Housing, Wealth and Debt

Post-war governments invested heavily in social housing. But it then fell spectacularly out of favour, with the introduction of Right-to-Buy in 1980 sparking a decline in social housing stock. Almost 40 years on, attitudes toward social housing appear to be changing again. In 2017, Theresa May earmarked £2 billion of new money for social rented … Continued

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Looming crisis or new opportunity? Skilling the nation in Brexit Britain

Monday 18 March 2019

Jobs, Skills and Pay

Raising skill-levels boosts pay, productivity and ultimately living standards. And yet the pace of growth in educational attainment has stalled – with a slowdown in people progressing to mid- and higher-level qualifications, and many firms reporting damaging skills shortages. Who has benefitted from investment in skills over the last 20 years, and who has been … Continued

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Even Greater Manchester: The London launch of the Independent Prosperity Review

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Jobs, Skills and Pay

The Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review was established to undertake a detailed and rigorous assessment of the current state, and future potential, of Greater Manchester’s economy. The review provides a major update of the city region’s economic evidence base providing lessons for policy makers across Greater Manchester, and for other city-regions across the UK with … Continued

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Spring in our step or long winter ahead? The UK economy on Brexit eve

Monday 4 March 2019

Public Finances and the Economy

Coming a fortnight before Britain is scheduled to leave the EU, the upcoming Spring Statement will provide an important health check on the UK economy as we prepare to depart. But looking into the future poses challenges for any forecaster wrestling with the recent growth slowdown and the uncertainty of what form Brexit will eventually … Continued

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