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The value of investing in historic buildings

In many countries, vast amounts of public money are invested to preserve historic buildings. In the Netherlands, for example, total public expenditures on renovation subsidies have been more than a billion euros since the 1970s. In Britain, more than 45 thousand buildings are listed, which imply that they are eligible for substantial subsidies, e.g. via tax reliefs. One important […]

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    Anna Valero: ‘Automation has taken away mid-level skills jobs’

Anna Valero: ‘Automation has taken away mid-level skills jobs’

As a Research Director of LSE’s Growth Commission, Anna Valero spent part of the post-Brexit vote months studying the gaps between public policy and the new economic reality in the UK.  In an interview with LSE Business Review’s managing editor, Helena Vieira, she discusses what the UK could do to stimulate economic growth and fight inequality. The skills gap is one of […]

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    LSE Growth Commission: invest more in people, not only buildings and machines

LSE Growth Commission: invest more in people, not only buildings and machines

The LSE Growth Commission sets out a new blueprint for inclusive and sustainable growth that deals with the challenges facing the UK, old and new.

Based on the latest research, analysis and evidence from leading practitioners and scholars, the Commission – drawn from leading business, policy-making and academic figures – outlines the top priorities in four key areas.

Jobs and skills

In […]

Does raising the National Living Wage make economic sense?

Construction worker, by skeeze, under a CC0 licence
With ongoing governmental debate on the nature of Brexit, there is as yet no certainty on its precise impact. Still, there is wide speculation that any kind of Brexit will have negative consequences: the HM Treasury, for instance, has declared that a Brexit of any kind will make us ‘permanently poorer’. Given […]

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    Autumn Statement does little to dampen fears for the economic health of the UK

Autumn Statement does little to dampen fears for the economic health of the UK

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In his first Autumn Statement (and last – since he has decided to abolish them in favour of an annual November budget), the Chancellor presented the key forecasts from the Office for Budet Responsibility’s economic and fiscal outlook, the first since the June referendum. While there is still major uncertainty […]

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    Brexit and its effect on the pound, the UK’s trading position and productivity

Brexit and its effect on the pound, the UK’s trading position and productivity

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The 23 June referendum had a clear effect on the pound’s value in the currency markets. Overnight, it dropped 10 per cent relative to the dollar, and reached its lowest value in 31 years. While the currency is still widely fluctuating months later, there is an overall downward sloping trend in […]

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    Investing in the future of the UK: LSE relaunches its Growth Commission

Investing in the future of the UK: LSE relaunches its Growth Commission

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The LSE Growth Commission was set up in 2012 to provide authoritative and evidence-based policy recommendations that target sustainable and inclusive long-term growth in the UK. In 2013 the Commission published a Report, Investing for Prosperity: A Manifesto for Growth, which focused on three main areas where […]