An unexpected cut: Revisiting the Diamond Commission and assessing inequality in post-war Britain

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This project was undertaken as part of the Historians in Residence programme, which is based at King’s College, London. The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Resolution Foundation. In 1974, the Labour government established a Royal Commission on the Distribution of Income … Continued

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The RF Earnings Outlook Q1 2018

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Jobs, Skills and Pay

In Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot the two protagonists wait in vain for the arrival of the titular character. At the moment the UK labour market bears a certain resemblance to the play, with the Bank of England playing the protagonists waiting (perhaps in vain) for more robust wage growth. As this Thursday’s MPC vote … Continued

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Is everybody concentrating? Recent trends in product and labour market concentration in the UK

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Public Finances and the Economy

Worries about the state of modern capitalism abound from politicians across the political spectrum. This should be no surprise, with the UK still emerging from one of the deepest recessions and squeezes on living standards in modern history. At least part of the story told by the many of the critics of our economy is … Continued

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The Living Standards Audit 2018

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Incomes and Inequality

Every year the Resolution Foundation publishes an ‘audit’ of living standards in the UK. As part of this we estimate how household incomes have performed over the past year, producing a ‘nowcast’ of the figures before the official data is released. In addition this, this year we have taken a look at the under-reporting of … Continued

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Opportunities Knocked? Exploring pay penalties among the UK’s ethnic minorities

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Incomes and Inequality

Over the past two decades ethnic minority groups have made substantial gains in relation to education and employment. The share of ethnic minority men and women with degrees has overtaken that of white men and women. Employment levels have also gone up. Between 1996-97 and 2016-17 the employment rate among black and Pakistani/Bangladeshi men grew … Continued

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London Stalling: Half a century of living standards in London

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Incomes and Inequality

To conclude our current project on devolved cities we finish with the city with the longest history of devolved government: London. We find that, far from being a different country that has pulled even further away from the rest of the UK since the financial crisis, London’s post-crisis recovery has been remarkable similar to that … Continued

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