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    The National Living Wage: a policy experiment well worth trying

The National Living Wage: a policy experiment well worth trying

With the dramatic increase in the minimum wage in the summer budget, many are wondering whether the policy might have negative implications for employment. Alan Manning writes that there might be substantial adverse effects, but the new policy is one well worth trying; evidence-based policymaking does require experimentation with policies whose effects are unknown.

The culmination of George Osborne’s budget speech was […]

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    Attempts to raise more tax revenue from the wealthy need to go hand in hand with strong rules against avoidance

Attempts to raise more tax revenue from the wealthy need to go hand in hand with strong rules against avoidance

If a new government were to raise the top rate of income tax, it is unlikely that the UK’s highest earners will work less hard but it is likely they will try harder to avoid paying tax. That means tougher enforcement will be needed if taxes rise, says Alan Manning. 

In the 1970s, the highest rate of income tax on […]

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    Shifting the balance of power: workers, employers and wages over the next parliament

Shifting the balance of power: workers, employers and wages over the next parliament

Since the crisis began, the average British worker has suffered a fall in living standards deeper and longer than anything experienced for more than a generation. Without a solution, it is quite possible that the general air of discontent within our economy and institutions will continue to grow. In this article, Alan Manning presents several strands to a strategy.
Forty years ago an improving […]

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    Despite what many believe, there is no evidence that immigrants have preferential access to social housing

Despite what many believe, there is no evidence that immigrants have preferential access to social housing

Many white people in the UK feel that social landlords actively discriminate against them in favour of immigrants and ethnic minorities. Research by Alan Manning and colleagues finds no basis in reality for this perceived discrimination – but the recent history of social housing gives an indication of why that view has become so entrenched.

Ever since the late 1990s, UK citizens have consistently rated immigration as one of […]

Minimum wages: the economics and the politics

Minimum wages are increasingly popular with politicians and the public; even most economists now agree that they have little or no negative effect on employment. Alan Manning discusses this newfound enthusiasm – and the likelihood that it will lead to much higher minimum wages in some parts of the world.

There was a time when the minimum wage was seen as a backwater of labour market policy, an appendix for […]

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    The rise of the robots means we need progressive politics more than ever

The rise of the robots means we need progressive politics more than ever

There are those who argue that progressive politics is doomed because the powerful forces of the market and technology are inevitably leading us to a more unequal society. The opposite is the case, writes Alan Manning.

The changes in technology we are seeing mean that we need progressive politics more than ever. We need it to ensure that technology results […]

The 50p tax rate is a small price to pay for the privilege of being able to live and work in our society

Alan Manning looks at arguments against restoring the 50p tax rate for those earning more than £150,000 a year and finds them lacking. One of the biggest real problems is that the tendency of the 1% to resent the government taking what is seen as ‘their’ money also leads them to take steps to minimise their tax liability, threatening to make […]

January 28th, 2014|Alan Manning|0 Comments|

Lovely and lousy jobs: Job polarisation continues to be an important feature of the way that Britain’s labour market is evolving

Machines and software programs have replaced employees in many routine jobs in the middle of the income distribution. Alan Manning, who coined the term ‘job polarisation’, considers how much we should all be afraid. The occupational structure of Britain’s labour market has changed markedly in recent years. There has been rapid growth in the employment share of high-wage occupations, such as managers and professionals, and more modest but still positive growth in […]

January 6th, 2014|Alan Manning|0 Comments|