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Firms’ behaviour affects people’s job and career prospects, and well as their pay. Our work focus on how firms’ respond to policy changes and broader economic shifts, and what that means for employees’ living standards.

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The word on the high street

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The way we shop in the UK has changed dramatically in just the space of a decade. In 2008 less than five per cent of retail spending was online, and…
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Sorry, we’re closed: Understanding the impact of retail’s decline on people and places

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Headlines about shop closures might give the impression that retail’s decline is a recent phenomenon, but retail’s share of employment has been falling for 15 years. This report digs behind…
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Relocation, relocation, relocation – why workers in firms are increasingly staying put

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Channel 4 (or at least some of it) is off to Leeds. Some staff may be relishing the move, some may have wanted to move to Manchester or Birmingham, while…
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Time to concentrate on our capitalism

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Our politicians are anxious. And not just because no-one has a decent poll lead or idea where Brexit will end up. No, some are finding the time to get anxious…
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Is everybody concentrating? Recent trends in product and labour market concentration in the UK

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This paper analyses trends in product market and labour market concentration in the UK, to see whether (as is the case in the US) larger firms are accounting for a…
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Choices, choices… Why do firms use agency workers?

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With the number of agency workers on the up, this piece of research explores why firms use this contingent type of labour rather than directly employed staff. We show that…
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A rising tide lifts all boats? Advanced industries and their impact upon living standards

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Policy makers in Westminster, devolved administrations, cities and local authorities struggle with many of the same challenges. Encouraging economic growth is vital but so too is ensuring the prosperity created…
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Businesses’ Brexit concerns haven’t stopped us shopping

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Business are worried about Brexit, but consumers haven’t got the memo. That’s the state of play from the limited evidence that has emerged since the vote on 23 June. In…
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