The volume of international trade in services has grown rapidly over recent decades and, in fact, has outpaced growth in goods trade. Over the same period many developed countries experienced rapid growth in immigration. Gianmarco Ottaviano, Giovanni Peri and Greg Wright argue that while many studies have analysed the link between immigrants and trade in goods, the link between […]
Household debt levels have increased substantially in advanced nations over the past few decades and the UK is no exception. This rise is because of factors that have to do both with the supply of credit and the demand for credit. Basak Kus argues that any policy tool to tackle indebtedness must address both sides of the story.
According to data from the European […]
In this article, Joanne Neary examines young people’s experiences of living in neighbourhoods undergoing large scale urban regeneration. She finds, among other things, that some of the young people discussed are feeling frustrated at not being involved in the planning process.
Walking around a neighbourhood in the North of Glasgow with a group of teenagers on a windy day, I am […]
What is lost in the debate about refugees, which has hitherto focused on numbers, is a proper discussion about integration. In this article, Jenny Phillimore examines the steps that might support a two-way integration process.
The focus for the media and politicians responding to the European refugee crisis has largely been upon numbers and the debate about how many refugees each country […]
Why is public opinion in some countries principally pro-European while largely eurosceptic in others? Although the debate on EU integration has mainly formed around economic and identity-based arguments, Margarete Scherer draws on the European Social Survey to highlight religion as another dimension. She suggests political culture is explained in part by historical associations between church and state, and that the […]
Recent demonstrations across the UK are not a sign of rising political participation amongst the young
In recent months, thousands marched in anti-austerity protests and thousands rallied in solidarity with refugees. Is the attendance of young people in such events signalling a sea change in youth political engagement, despite the low turnout in elections? Maria Grasso argues that although mass rallies put political activism in the news, empirical research shows that political disengagement amongst Britain’s […]
The past decade has seen the rise of a strident anti-secular discourse in Britain. Based on the idea that a militant, aggressive and intolerant form of secularism wants to marginalise faith and drive it out of the public square, anti-secular rhetoric has found growing popularity among political and religious figures aiming to promote a greater role for faith in […]
What are the lessons of history for the Treasury’s proposals to change the basis of UK pension taxation? The experience of the 1980s signals trouble ahead for both consumers and the state if the changes are implemented, argues Hugh Pemberton.
In its July consultation paper (Strengthening the incentive to save) HM Treasury outlined its plans to change the basis of UK pension […]