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    Why do wages continue to stagnate in the UK as unemployment falls?

Why do wages continue to stagnate in the UK as unemployment falls?

The ONS released figures this week showing expanding employment while wages continue to stagnate. What is behind this puzzling picture? Geraint Johnes writes that the slack that has remained in the labour market, in the form of the underemployed and self-employed, offers one explanation for sluggish wage performance.

The latest labour market statistics show numbers in employment rising by 150,000 during […]

Leaving scars: How recessions produce career criminals

New research by Anna Bindler and colleagues finds that young people who leave school during recessions are significantly more likely to get involved in crime than those who leave school while markets are more buoyant. The research demonstrates a disconcerting and long-run effect of economic downturns.

Recessions typically lead to an increase in youth unemployment rates, leaving young people to face more […]

Youth unemployment produces multiple scarring effects

It is clear that youth unemployment leads to many negative outcomes in terms of both material and mental wellbeing. Here, Ronald McQuaid summarises the multiple scarring effects of youth unemployment. Current high levels of youth unemployment will therefore be felt by society for decades, making effective policy responses incredibly important. 
Being unemployed when young leads to a higher likelihood of long-term ‘scarring’ in later […]

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    Research indicates that men are more likely to suffer adverse health consequences as a result of being unemployed than women

Research indicates that men are more likely to suffer adverse health consequences as a result of being unemployed than women

Poor health is an outcome of unemployment, and men tend to be far more affected than women. Jenny Gulliford talks about the findings of her latest report ‘Sick of Being Unemployed: The health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them’. She argues that the government must consider how ill-health in unemployed men could be […]

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    While there is evidence that workless spells are associated across generations, the ‘culture of welfare dependency’ argument does not hold

While there is evidence that workless spells are associated across generations, the ‘culture of welfare dependency’ argument does not hold

There is little hard evidence on the extent to which the ‘curse’ of intergenerational worklessness exists and what might be driving it. Research by Lindsey Macmillan finds that though the problem is overstated, there is indeed evidence of individuals from workless families churning in and out of the labour market at a more frequent rate to those from employed families. […]

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    With nearly 1 million unemployed youths in the UK, new policy proposals aimed at tackling the issue are necessary

With nearly 1 million unemployed youths in the UK, new policy proposals aimed at tackling the issue are necessary

The government’s policies aimed at tackling youth unemployment in the UK have so far been disappointing: wage incentive payments have had little impact and there has been less uptake of the government’s apprenticeship scheme than targeted. Thankfully Nick Clegg has recently come out with new proposals that will contribute to tackling some of the structural issues behind stubbornly high youth […]

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    The link between unemployment and domestic violence is not what you might expect

The link between unemployment and domestic violence is not what you might expect

Contrary to popular belief, the incidence of domestic violence in Britain does not seem to have risen during the recession. But according to research by Jonathan Wadsworth and colleagues, men and women have experienced different risks of unemployment – and these have had contrasting effects on the level of physical abuse. Domestic violence hurts. Aside from the obvious physical and psychological harm to the victims, it also damages the economy. […]

Why improved support for people with mental health conditions can help economic recovery

While the UK has shown progress in acknowledging the relationship between mental health and unemployment, the extent of implementation of support interventions is lacking, writes Karen Steadman. Considering the high-costs associated with mental disabilities, improving support for those with conditions would have significant economic benefits. In recent weeks we’ve seen a steady trickle of news anticipating that economic recovery is in sight. Though […]

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