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    How do people exit in-work poverty and what prevents them from doing so?

How do people exit in-work poverty and what prevents them from doing so?

Rod Hick examines the ways in which people move in and out of working poverty, as well as the impact that the UK’s tax credit system has had on in-work poverty levels. He emphasises the need for researchers and policymakers to focus on the factors which prevent or enable people to exit working poverty, so that positive transitions can […]

How to test and deliver a Universal Basic Income

Charlie Young explores how we can test a universal basic income in the UK and beyond. Drawing on research for the RSA, he maps a version of this idea that brings together a heterogeneous field of proposals, and explains that the quality of experimental design impacts on how well the policy is understood and whether it is supported by […]

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    Had austerity not happened, Leave support could have been up to 10% lower

Had austerity not happened, Leave support could have been up to 10% lower

A series of cuts since the Coalition government curtailed the welfare state, activating this way a range of existing economic grievances. As a result, in districts that received the average austerity shock UKIP vote shares were up, compared to districts with little exposure to austerity. Thiemo Fetzer writes that the tight link between UKIP vote shares and an area’s […]

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    More ice cream, less sticky toffee pudding: the subtle effect of the weather on the UK economy

More ice cream, less sticky toffee pudding: the subtle effect of the weather on the UK economy

Geraint Johnes writes that the effect of the weather on the economy is to divert spending from one thing to another rather than to simply generate more spending. So, while the 2018 heatwave will have an effect on the economy, this will be quite subtle.
It’s been hot, hasn’t it? Many people have been comparing the UK’s summer heatwave of […]

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    Brexit’s epicentre: London’s financial services sector and its place in the UK economy

Brexit’s epicentre: London’s financial services sector and its place in the UK economy

Developments in London’s financial district help us understand the precise form that Brexit will take, argues Sarah Hall. She explains why London is distinct to the rest of the UK and writes that, as companies threaten to move to other European cities in anticipation of a ‘no deal’, the government’s decision making is still not reflecting the City’s strategic […]

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    The real Brexit ‘dividend’: a decade of economic underperformance and political crisis

The real Brexit ‘dividend’: a decade of economic underperformance and political crisis

Contrary to some predictions, Britain’s economy has not crashed in the two years since the EU referendum. But growth has slowed markedly, productivity is down, and investment is on hold. Dimitri Zenghelis looks at the effect the prolonged uncertainty about future trade arrangements is having on the economy.

In September 2016, a few months after the UK referendum vote to leave […]

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    Automation and the billionaires’ dystopia: how to defend economic democracy

Automation and the billionaires’ dystopia: how to defend economic democracy

The narrative that automation will lead to mass unemployment and thus people should settle for a basic income rather than good jobs needs to be challenged, writes Ewan McGaughey. He explains how the law can help secure fair wages and working conditions for everyone.

Technology today lets us create a paradise on Earth, where scarcity and poverty will be forgotten, but […]

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    Helen Pankhurst on how far women’s rights have come since the suffragettes

Helen Pankhurst on how far women’s rights have come since the suffragettes

Women are still fighting for equality, despite huge progress since the suffragette campaigns. How far have we still to go and how might we get there? Helen Pankhurst draws on her new book to provide some answers.

How far have women’s rights come since the battles on the streets of London between the political establishment and the suffragettes? How far since […]